Turning Generosity Into Impact!

The Pawling Community Foundation (PCF) is committed to improving the quality of life for all Pawling residents by developing community resources and public spaces, by furthering the community's economic vitality, and by supporting the arts, cultural activities, tourism and recreation.


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In 2016, the PCF hosted Town Hall meetings and surveyed members of the Pawling community regarding what they wanted from Lakeside and Edward R. Murrow Memorial Parks. Based on that feedback, the PCF, with the support of the Pawling Town Board, authorized nationally known landscape architectural firm LandDesign, Inc., to create “One Community One Park,” a redevelopment plan incorporating concepts Pawling residents deemed most important. Former PCF board member Ed Hauser was retained to serve as project manager. The PCF’s goal is to execute the plan by raising private donations the same way the PCF funded the recently completed Pawling Village Green project.

The first phase of “One Community One Park” is the revitalization of the Great Lawn at Lakeside Park. The new design will incorporate two full athletic fields as well as a larger open space for community events and recreation programs. All the fill required for the redevelopment is onsite and was donated and delivered as a community service by Trinity Pawling School, currently engaged in a major building project. The next step is to raise funds to hire contractors to complete the makeover.

Future plans in keeping with suggestions from community members consist of a Murrow Park Development featuring an off-leash dog park, community gardens, rehabilitation of the natural amphitheater and band shell, and potential partnerships with other organizations for a nature center. Lakeside Park further development includes improved nature trails, featuring paths linking Murrow and Lakeside parks; demolition of the Donaldson Building; creation of a bonfire point at the lake, and repurposing the site of the Old Inn.

To learn more about the Parks Survey visit the Blog section.