Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00I’m not from Mineola, but now that I’ve worked here for a few years, I can say I have a few favorite spots where I like to to take the time to unwind. Hampton Street Stadium has a great track, around which I’ve taken many laps while gathering my thoughts or trekking to Portugalia Bakery on Willis Avenue to grab a cup of coffee or a quick bite at Bairrada or P.S. Burger. But I have to say, a great place to ponder the days events, is…or was…the Memorial Park gazebo.
The gazebo was torn down recently because it had fallen into disrepair and will make way for a new gazebo in the near future. Even though it was a staple of Memorial Park, it needed an upgrade.
The wooden barrier that circled what you could call the stomach of the gazebo, was an eyesore and the village did the right thing in knocking it to the ground.
I interviewed various residents on the matter and all suggested something shorter. I could see that, but I think the size of the last one fit nicely.
If it is to be shorter, I’d say make it so that multiple seats could fit on it for events like the Fourth of July fireworks show, Memorial Day or Shakespeare in the Park.
Personally, I’d like the new one to incorporate a village theme; maybe the village seal or the seal’s orange color. In the end, it’s most important for it to simply be a place where you can sit and reflect on your thoughts.