A New Hidden Treasure for Sayville Named After Beloved Community Member
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held at the Betty Whitehouse Playground on September 29th, 2016, which stands adjacent to the Baymen Soccer Fields and the Suffolk County Dog Park on Cherry Avenue in West Sayville.
The 77’ x 65’ play structure was designed for children ages 2-13 and features several slides, ramps, and recreational apparatus surrounded by an interior safety surface with concrete walkways to increase the ease of use for all children. The playground was developed specifically to accommodate children with disabilities and includes ramps to access higher levels, large entrances and areas for wheelchair mobility, a safety surface covering the playground, and sidewalks linking the playground to handicapped-designated parking spaces.
The park is named after the beloved Betty Whitehouse, who passed away at 92, on December 6, 2015. Whitehouse was an integral part of the Sayville community where she was a teacher in the Sayville School District for 25 years and a member of the Sayville School Board for five years. Whitehouse also spent much of her time giving back to the community as a civic leader with boy and girl scout troops, little league sports and youth sailing clubs. Additionally, Whitehouse volunteered for the Sayville Food Pantry, Sayville Library, and St. Ann’s Church of Sayville.
Betty Whitehouse’s children and grandchildren were present at the RibbonCutting Ceremony along with Legislator Bill Lindsey and community leaders from the Sayville Chamber of Commerce, The Sayville Historical Society, the Rotary Club and the Sayville Gardening club.