WESTPORT By TOM EVANS Hour Staff Writer Eugene Pasacreta is being honored all over again. The late Westport police captain, who died in 1976 from prostate cancer, was immortalized with an iron plaque mounted in a large rock at Pasacreta Park between Riverside Avenue and the Saugatuck River. But for most of those 33 years, the site has gone largely unnoticed or ignored -- as the overgrown plant life attested. Thanks to the efforts of the Parks and Recreation Department and a generous donation of materials and manpower from the Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association, this gem will again sparkle after the day-long cleanup on Wednesday. The park, which attracts fisherman to its center portion but was largely impassable at either end due to overgrowth, was the fortunate recipient of the CNLA's annual PlantConnecticut program for 2009. Estimates of materials alone -- including hundreds pounds of top soil and mulch, and a variety of hearty plants -- are in the $15,000 to $20,000 range, according to Bob Heffernan of the CNLA. "The CNLA has done this type of project once a year since 1950," Heffernan said. "The program is for landscaping of a nonprofit site. We have about 22 workers from 14 companies working today, plus huge donations from other companies." Wendy Crowther, a commissioner for Parks and Recreation, got the plan in motion, and got approval all the way along, according to Stuart McCarthy, director of Parks and Recreation. "Wendy came up with the concept, and from there it came together easily," McCarthy said. "We're thrilled. The guys from CNLA have been tremendous, and we're appreciative we got a great project, and a great park, out of it." Heffernan said "this is the kind of park people pass by all the time but don't notice." Crowther agreed, and expanded on that point. "I'm sure 99.9 percent of the people who visit the park had no idea these two 'tail ends' were part of the park," Crowther said. "Nor could people even see the river." Crowther said two Westport landscape firms -- Gilbertie's and T Palmer Landscaping -- were "invaluable" to the project. The Westport Police Benevolent Association donated an American flag to fly near the monument. "That pole hasn't had a flag on it since anyone can remember," Crowther said.