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Palm Beach Residents Raise $1.5M For Lake Drive Park

Llwyd Ecclestone, Gail Coniglio (Photos by Capehart Photography)

This summer, a by-invitation-only reception was held at Villa Artemis, the home of Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone, to educate residents about the upcoming Lake Drive Park in Palm Beach, Florida. The generous support from attendees has triggered an overwhelming response from island residents resulting in over $1.5 million raised to date.

Internationally-recognized interior designer Scott Snyder hosted the event, attracting many residents to learn more about the renovation plans for Lake Drive Park, which is located adjacent to the magnificent Palm Beach Marina. “This gateway park to the island will be a beautiful complement to the stunning landscape that embodies Palm Beach,” said Snyder.


Renowned landscape architect Keith Williams of Nievera Williams Design has thoughtfully designed plans for the park, using eco-friendly plantings and materials. Williams has kindly donated his time and creativity, which equals a gift of $300,000. 


“The Town of Palm Beach is deeply appreciative of Scott’s generosity with both his financial gift towards the project, as well as the time he is investing to ensure the community receives an upgraded public space that is reflective of the quality that Palm Beach is known for,” said Jay Boodheshwar, deputy town manager. “Scott has been very giving of his time and talents over the years, and I am grateful to be working with him on yet another beautification project for this special community.”


“I’m delighted that so many residents and friends will generously support these town improvement projects,” Snyder said. “My philosophy has always been [that] as we take so much pleasure in our community, we need to remember to give back and nourish it.”

Momentum for the park quickly got underway, as Felicia Taylor asked guests to show their willingness to “give back” to their island home. In historic style, residents donated a substantial portion of the monies needed to finance the park.


Among the largest donors: the visionary Steve Schwarzman pledged to fund all of the Pathways leading to the Marina and the Lake Trail. Missy and Eduardo de Guardiola committed to The South Lake Drive Walkway; Jacelyn and Jack Botti have offered to fund the Peruvian Lawn and Australian bike racks. The dog fountains have been underwritten by James Berwind and Kevin Clark; Mayor Danielle Moore has pledged to build the flagpole. The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation, Scott Snyder, Lesly S. Smith, The Fortin Foundation of Florida and Helen and Charles Schwab have all gifted donations to be used as needed to see this project to fruition.

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