The Schoharie Promotional Association created a park called the Lilies of the Schoharie Valley Walking Path and Gardens (the Lily Park). Located on approximately three acres of village-owned land (between Route 30 and Fort Road and Fox Creek and the Old Stone Fort cemetery), the Lily Park is at the entrance to the Village of Schoharie and close to the Fox Creek covered bridge. This area was once an overgrown site that had been used as a landfill brush dump for years.
Phase 1 of the project began in the Spring of 2015 with a number of volunteers working to remove brush, cut trees, move rocks and create a path through the park.
Phase 2 began in the Spring of 2016 as Tiger Lilies were planted along the path. A number of areas, including a memorial garden, were planted with lily donations. A stone labyrinth reflection area was created by Schoharie’s three churches. Areas were leveled, holes filled in, and rocks moved to get the park ready to mow. Some garden spots were adopted; benches, picnic tables, and birdhouses were donated. Paths to Fox Creek Park and a path under the Route 30 bridge (connecting Fox Creek Park) were created. Visitors (and their dogs) began to walk the path and enjoy the park.
Phase 3 continues to see the park expand with adopted gardens spots, visual interest items, charcoal grills, and park maintenance. The grand opening of the park and the First Annual Lily Festival took place on July 15, 2017. The Lily Festival continues annually on the on the second Saturday in July.
The Lily Park is a community effort and all are welcome to take part — individuals, organizations, businesses — and is NOT limited to Schoharie residents only.
A garden application with policies and guidelines is available at the Lily Park, under downloads below, and from Lily Park caretakers. Prospective gardeners MUST meet with one of the caretakers to select a garden spot.
The number of people who enjoy the park continues to grow. We invite you to take an active part in this community park.
The park has come a long way in a short time mainly due to the work of many volunteers. Donations and the Promotional Association’s contributions have provided the funds needed to establish the park. There are many more improvements we would like to make, and donations are always welcome to help with these projects. If you can spare a few hours to help maintain the park.
If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Association. We appreciate your support. Enjoy the park!