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State Senator Michael Balboni (R-East Williston) announced that the Town of North Hempstead and the Village of Port Washington North will receive funding from New York State for the Bay Walk Park Project.

The Town of North Hempstead will receive $100,000 from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to plan and design the 1.8 mile Bay Walk Park which will stretch from the town dock on Manhasset Bay to Manorhaven Park. Among the plans for this area will be shore restoration, bulkhead rehabilitation, as well as canoe and kayak launch stations.

"On behalf of the Town of North Hempstead I would like to thank Senator Balboni and the State of New York for their support of this project," said Supervisor Kaiman. "The Baywalk Park project helps local governments create a walkable, park-like setting along our beautiful shore line for all to share and enjoy."

The Village of Port Washington North has obtained funding from the EPF and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The EPF has provided $300,000 for design and construction. These funds will help to create Bay Walk Park along Sheets Creek Channel and Manhasset Bay by providing for debris removal, landscaping, site preparation and shoreline stabilization.

In addition, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation will provide $250,000 to ensure that the recently acquired waterfront properties bordering Shore Road will serve as a venue for recreational activities. This allocation of funds will give people an area to walk, bike, jog, fish, boat and take part in other leisurely activities.

"The Village of Port Washington North applauds the efforts of Governor Pataki and Senator Balboni in helping our community obtain the initial funding for our Bay Walk Park. I look forward to working with Supervisor Kaiman in using these funds to construct the first phase of the project. Clearly, this is a tremendous opportunity, not just for Port Washington North, but for the entire Port Washington Peninsula," said Port Washington North Mayor Robert Weitzner.

"The Bay Walk Park project will provide the residents of Port Washington with a variety of recreational resources and a center for local economic growth," said State Senator Michael Balboni. "With the help of dedicated public servants like Supervisor Kaiman and Mayor Weitzner, I am confident that the Port Washington area will continue to prosper and grow."

Balboni has previously supported the Bay Walk Project and has advocated for its funding to the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Recreation, Parks and Historic Preservation, Bernadette Castro.


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