Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00
Working in partnership with Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Manhasset Baseball, Indians Rock last week announced that plans to revitalize Manhasset Valley Park are moving forward.
Indians Rock has been working with Supervisor Kaiman and his team for the past three years on engineering and environmental studies, including changing the Valley Park charter by a unanimous vote in Albany to rename it Manhasset Valley Park.
The revitalization of Manhasset Valley Park includes both environmental and recreational components to help convert Manhasset Valley Park from the current passive park it has become to an interactive destination point for all Town of North Hempstead residents to enjoy.
The revitalization will include: (a) brand new illuminated, multi-purpose rectangular field for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football; (b) reconstruction of the existing baseball field to make it compliant with Little League Williamsport specifications; (c) construction of a new fully handicap accessible children’s playground; (d) a new parking lot; (e) new bathrooms in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act; (f) concession area; (g) new walking paths and (h) the environmental remediation of the stream that feeds from the park into Manhasset Bay.
The town has received commitments for over $1 million in grants toward this project. The Indians Rock organization and Manhasset Baseball have committed to raising $150,000 each toward the recreation portion of this project and the United States Army Corps of Engineers has committed over $800,000 toward the engineering analysis and design for the environmental remediation of the waterway.
Although several parts of the revitalization await required approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, construction has already begun in areas where approval was not needed. The above mentioned reflects phases I and II of a multi-phase project that will include new walking paths, new lighting, new fencing and many other park amenities.
Through the hard work of the Indians Rock Board, especially Roger V. Coleman, chair for the Manhasset Valley Park, and through the leadership and vision of Supervisor Kaiman, Valley Pond Park’s transformation from an underutilized park that had fallen into disrepair into a vibrant, popular outdoor space for Town of North Hempstead families will soon become a reality.
Roger V. Coleman
Board Member, Indians Rock Chairperson, Manhasset Valley Park