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On behalf of Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi and Doreen Banks, commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Museums, I cordially invite you to attend the Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony of the "Barbara Johnson Park & Preserve at Baxter's Pond" on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. The event will take place at the park, located in the heart of the Village of Baxter Estates in Port Washington, and include tours of the pond, park and preserve highlighting its many environmental features from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. We hope you can join us and celebrate all of the hard work that went into this restoration and admire the results - none of which would have been possible without the commitment and perseverance of the late Nassau County Legislator and Port Washington resident Barbara Johnson, after whom the park and preserve has been renamed.

Legislator Barbara Johnson, through years of unwavering dedication and with the full support of the community, secured funds and helped plan the transformation of this once environmentally hazardous park into an environmental benefit, as well as a renewed source of town pride. It is also the first use of the 1996 NY State Clean Air Clean Water Bond funds in Nassau County for an aquatic habitat restoration. "The Barbara Johnson Park & Preserve at Baxter's Pond" is now being heralded as a "state-of-the-art environmental restoration" with "first of its kind features," including:

- Plantings in the pond, park and preserve chosen to absorb excess nutrients, neutralize certain non-point source pollution and to create a healthy aquatic wetland and woodland wildlife habitat.

- An environmentally redesigned pond, with beneficial subaquatic and shoreline plantings.

- A "first of its kind" sedimentation catch basin created without impervious surfaces with interlocking, open concrete sections lining basin and anchored to the banks by vegetation.

If you have any questions about the park and preserve, or wish to receive a tour at another date, please feel free to contact Jake Eisenman at 944-6882. He is the park steward and has been involved since the project's inception. We look forward to seeing you at the festivities!

Craig M. Johnson

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