Jean Minneo, Director of the Straw Hat Park Committee, was adorned in a straw hat and a wide smile as she spoke with families and others interested in the park. Photos by Geena Matuson.

Musicians Tom Duprey and David Hawthorne played music during the town-wide event.

Children play with the new, custom-built fountain.

As Monique explained, sustainable design will jumpstart a new ecology that takes care of itself; by carefully choosing certain plants and strategically placing them around the park, the space will start to self-maintain, requiring half as much water just next year. This will not only cost the town less in taxes each year, but the park will continue to grow; in one year, the park will look nothing like it does now...