Town of Rhinebeck May Newsletter


Supervisor’s Message

Summer is almost here, and the completion of our new pavilion at the Thomas Thompson Sally Mazzarella Park is just about ready for its grand opening!

The handicap accessible pavilion was years in the planning and 85% funded through state, county and local grants.  We are grateful for the continued financial support of the Thomas Thompson Trust, Winnakee Land Trust, and The Frost Foundation for this pavilion and the whole Thompson Mazzarella Park development.

Local architect Frank Mazzarella generously donated his time and talent in designing the pavilion – which is a modern interpretation of our local board and batten style – like the Delamater House. The pavilion will house bathrooms, a flexible space for a future concession stand, a rain garden, and outdoor shaded seating next to our future sports fields and current walking trails.

 Other plans for the Thompson Mazzarella Park include the development of the sports field and field parking, a pollinator garden at the Community Garden, and a master redesign plan for the Town Pool and buildings. As always, we need community help to realize these plans so if you are interested, please contact us. 

The Town of Rhinebeck offers recreation programs and activities all year round but our busiest time is summer.  Summer Camp, one of our most popular programs, will begin on June 25th and end August 10th. Summer Camp is a big undertaking for the Town. Our Recreation Director, Elaine Fernandez, oversees the hiring of a pool and camp director and over sixty part time summer employees we need to run the programs. It’s not too late to sign your children up. Visit to register for summer camp, soccer camp, swim team, swim lessons, Aqua Zumba and a season pass, or any of our recreation programs.

Speaking of swim team, we are happy to welcome Head Coach Jane O’Connor to the Manta Rays this season. Also, mark your calendars for Rockin’ On The River and Movies Under The Stars, two exciting FREE events, courtesy of the Town’s Recreation Committee. You’ll read more about Jane O’Connor and these wonderful free events on our Facebook page this week. 

Lastly, with regard to one of our other parks, the Rhinecliff Landing, we are happy to announce that there has been a second major victory for the protection of the Hudson River this year. Coming after the defeat of the oil industry’s push for 10 new anchorage sites, it was recently announced that Global Oil has withdrawn its request to add boilers to handle heavy crude at its Albany Terminal. The proposal would have placed the Hudson River, and our drinking water, at a greater risk for a disastrous oil spill. 

On May 16th Mayor Bassett and I attended Riverkeeper’s Fisherman’s Ball at Chelsea Piers where I talked about the Hudson River Drinking Water Council. The Council is comprised of seven local municipalities – the Village of Rhinebeck, Towns of Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie, Lloyd, Esopus, and the City of Poughkeepsie — representing over 100,000 people who get their drinking water from the river. Riverkeeper is directly responsible for helping us form this advocacy group, to find one strong and unified voice, and to focus on opportunities to upgrade our water infrastructure.

Recreation and the wellbeing of our community is inextricably linked to preserving the health of our environment. This summer I hope you are able to spend some time outside enjoying some of our wonderful town parks and recreation programs. 

Please come by and visit me at the office. I am in Town Hall weekdays.  I promptly answer my emails at, and I’m eager to help you in any way I can. 

With Warm Regards,

Elizabeth Spinzia

Supervisor, Town of Rhinebeck