In 1974, The Shannen’s, Benjamin and Doris, donated 52 acres to the Town to preserve the land as a park and wildlife area for the citizens to be able to walk through instead of sitting on their front porches. The park was named Shannen Park in their honor. The Townspeople have been grateful for their contribution. After a very slow beginning, the park has become a center of activity, a showplace for our community. The park boasts picnic benches, and pavilions with charcoal grills, a playground designed to enhance a child’s imaginative play, with sections that are handicap accessible for handicapped children as well. There are two ball fields, basketball hoops, bathrooms and about a mile of paved roads that invite joggers and walkers.
Bryce “Buzz” Flynn, a former town supervisor ran the park from 1985 until his death in 2012. He built the park to what it is today; neat, clean, and beautiful with covered picnic areas, playgrounds, and walkways.
To reserve a pavilion at Shannen Park please call Barbara Young, Town of Wawayanda Highway Dept., at 845-355-5700 ext. 6. To reserve a pavilion, you must be a resident of the Town of Wawayanda.