“People drive by these orchards several times a day,” she said. “Before you know it, the plan will be approved and it will be gone.”
Falvey said there is a sense of urgency.
“There’s a couple people on the Planning Board we know who are in favor of it, so we don’t know how it will end up,” he said.
Planning Board Chairman Art Rugg and Kettenbach did not return requests for comment.
Tetreau said she is trying to move fast and show the Planning Board there is strong support for the park. She said she got the hugging idea after seeing the St. Johnsbury, Vt., community rallied for laid-off librarians by hugging the library.
“It’s such an easy thing to do, but it can also be strong and powerful,” she said. “Not everyone likes to stand up at a Planning Board meeting and make their voice heard. But here is their chance.”