Huntington Station will be getting its long-awaited spray park and improved fields at Manor Park, after funding was approved by the Town Board.
The town will spend $750,000 on a spray park for Manor Field in Huntington and another $800,000 to replace the synthetic fields at the park.
“The Manor Field Spray Park is an exciting step in our plan to revitalize Huntington Station, with simultaneous progress on the James D. Conte Community Center, and the South Side Sewer study moving along to promote economic development in the area, we have a lot in store in the upcoming year,” Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci said.
Both expenditures were approved on a 4-1, with Town Councilman Eugene Cook citing continuing costs for his dissenting votes.
A spray park in the Station has been on a community wish list for years.
The Town Board approved the bonds required to fund the projects at its Feb. 11 meeting.
Huntington’s first spray park opened at Elwood Park in July 2018. Named in honor of NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo,the opening attracted hundreds of residents, police officers and others. The sergeant, a resident of Greenlawn, was killed in the line of duty in 2016.
The spray park has continued to be a popular spot for youngsters during the summer.
The board also unanimously approved a free soccer program operated by the Suffolk County Police Athletic League at Manor Park, running April 7-June 11. All permit fees for use of the park were waived by the board. The program will operate from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The board also approved a requirement that US Bank Trust comply or abate violations of a home at 9 Beltane Drive, Dix Hills. Numerous neighbors cited their taxes in complainug about abandoned cats, broken garage, mounds of garbage and concerns about vermin at the unoccupied home.
Sitting as the Board of Trustees, members approved a $30,000 increase in funding for the completion of emergency construction services at Mill Dam Marina bulkhead. In December 2018, Lupinacci declared an emergency at the old deteriorated wooden bulkhead at Mill Dam Marina. An initial estimate, made before the plans were designed and before the state Department of Conservation required plan changes, came in at $100,000; removal of obsolete steel framework at the end of the dock has resulted in an additional $5,800 estimate increase.