TOWN OF WALLKILL — On VanBurenville Road in the Town of Wallkill, on the very first sharp turn is Pine Hill Cemetery. It is set back off the road and is a very quiet and peaceful place. It is here that the Town of Wallkill Historical Association decided to preserve some of its past history and living history.

Harold Card is the founder of the Association and he became so excited when I spoke with him about the history of the area and the new Town of Wallkill Citizen’s Memorial Park that he designed and created.

Card, an artist, lives in the historic Horton house adjacent to the property that the Pine Hill Cemetery is on. He found out later that he actually owned the property and decided to donate it to the Town about a year ago. The Town of Wallkill continues to maintain it.

“The Town of Wallkill has fought for an identity,” he said, “and now they have one.”

The park honors citizens for the good work that they have done for the community. Panels of stone hold plastic panels describing some notable areas like the Orange County Speedway and folks like Amy Bull Crist and Peregrine White, the first child born on the Mayflower, whose descendents settled in the Town of Wallkill and Eddie Diana the Town of Wallkill Supervisor. The cemetery has six Civil War veterans buried there.

Besides the panels are a labyrinth for meditation and an Inuk Shuk, which is a symbol of safety, hope and friendship. Both are reflections of Card’s history of being a motivational speaker and his strong belief in the power of the human spirit and the talent of people.

Card and the members of the Historical Association have only just begun to make the park into something that will be cherished for generations to come. There is so much more history to add.

On Sept. 21, a Grand Opening celebration will be held at 11 a.m., at the park, at 74 VanBurenville Road. RSVP by Sept. 13.