Friends of Binney Park Announce: The Binney Basket

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 8.58.50 AMOne could not help but notice now many families brought picnic baskets to Binney Pond on Sunday for the traditional model sailboat regatta.

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 8.59.23 AMJust in time for gift giving season The Friends of Binney Park announce the “Binney Basket,” a commemorative picnic basket handcrafted by the New Hampsire based Peterboro Basket Company.

Peterboro Basket Company will do a one-time run of the Binney Basket, so this is likely the only chance to order. The good news is that the company has offered to underwrite the project to keep the price reasonable for FOBP, who are raising funds toward restoring the park to its original state.

The artwork was designed by one of our own, Jen Caplan, who graduated GHS in 2010 and Gettysburg this past spring. Caplan said each picnic basket will be numbered and dated, and lined on the inside with green gingham. “This is a keystone park,” Jen said. “It’s so sad to see it like this. It’s our tarnished jewel.”

And while dredging comes to mind when the pond is mentioned, there is also a need for bridge painting, parks, benches and landscaping. “There is so much potential,” said Nancy Caplan, chair of the board of Parks & Recreation board. Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 8.59.10 AM

The generously sized baskets, which are big enough to accommodate picnic fare for a big family, are yours for becoming a Founding Member of The Friends of Binney Park for a contribution of $150.

To become a founding member, please make your check payable to: Town of Greenwich P&R Foundation* – Binney Fund and mail it to PO Box 508, Old Greenwich, CT 06870. (This foundation is a 501(c)3.)

Delivery is expected in early December. Please email questions to: [email protected]


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