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Sunday
Aug042019

Whisper The Bull Site To Get Landscaping, Lighting And A Sign

Smithtown Parks Department employees construct sign to sit in front of Whisper the BullSmithtown Parks employees have begun remediation at the iconic Whisper the Bull site at the intersection of 25/25A in Smithtown. The bull, which memorializes the legend of Smithtown’s founder Richard Smythe earning the rights to property by riding a bull around the border of what is now Smithtown, was damaged in December of 2018 when a motor vehicle crashed into it.

Earlier this year the town released a landscape plan for the site that was developed by Smithtown Deputy Planning Director David Barnes. The plan calls for a variety of plantings around the bull that are simple but appealing to look at, low maintenance and unattractive to deer. 

The project is now in the domain of the Smithtown Parks Department.

  On Monday, July 29, Parks Department  employees began the construction of a freestanding wall 20’ long and 27” high that will sit in front of the bull. The wall will be inscribed “Smithtown 1665”. Smithtown’s Public Information Officer Nicole Gargiulo said that repairs to the base have begun, a bronze plaque inscribed with the wording currently on the concrete base of the bull will be installed as will new lighting and electricity. 

According to Gargiulo, the project is moving along with the sign expected to be completed within the next two weeks and the planting to begin when the weather cools. 

 

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