What started as a dream by the Village of Port Washington North's Planning Board years ago, turned into an environmental and park plan, and is now becoming a reality. Mayor Bob Weitzner said, "This is the culmination of five years of hard work and we are very gratified that this part is finally moving from the drawing board onto the ground." A groundbreaking ceremony is already planned for the village's waterfront park area on the west side of Shore Road for this Friday, Oct. 10 at 11:45 a.m. and all are invited to stop by.
Port North has obtained $1,600,000 in public financing for Phase I of the project via numerous grants from the state, county and town. The project is ready to go, and its total bid cost is $1,292,000-yes, the municipality is bringing the project in under budget.
This fall, work will be commencing on the construction of Phase I of Bay Walk Park. The plan consists of removing the existing sidewalk along the water side of Shore Road from Gulfway Marina to Pellegrino Park. Also being removed are three LIPA utility poles.
The new park will have a 10-foot wide meandering trail with new landscaping, seating areas, lighting, a historical, nautical art exhibit created by local artists. On top of that, the plan calls for the reconstruction of the pier across from the entrance to Stop & Shop. The pier will feature a fishing deck, a gazebo, and a ramp leading to a floating boat dock. Finally Port North will have a place to receive boaters wishing to visit the village.
Once completed, the community will have a beautiful view of Manhasset Bay, and will be able to use this area for a number of recreational activities, including fishing, biking, jogging, or just taking in the sights and wildlife that is offered by the waterfront.
At the groundbreaking and a thank you ceremony, special thanks will be given to Senator Craig Johnson, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, County Executive Tom Suozzi, Legislator Wayne Wink, Supervisor Jon Kaiman, and Councilman Fred Pollack, as well as former legislators Mike Balboni and Tom DiNapoli, for helping Port North secure the financing necessary to make this all happen, and to Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington for their insight and vision in helping make this plan represent the desires of the entire Port Washington peninsula.
The Village of Port Washington North has been awarded a $505,000 grant for the Bay Walk Park Phase II Construction and Phase III Planning. Building on previously funded work, the village will advance Phase II of its Bay Walk Park, located on Manhasset Bay. The project will include completion of design and construction of Phase II parcels, including shoreline infrastructure and access amenities.
This gives Port North $1,005,000 for the planning and construction of Phase II of the Bay Walk, which develops the open space across from the Stop & Shop entrance. The plan will include sun shades, tables, benches, and a children's play area. A kayak launch area is also being explored.
Phase III of the Bay Walk will commence following the purchase of the front lawn along Channel Drive. The latest grant award will allow the village to fund a plan that will outline the best use for this property, which could include a Village Green with gazebo, a fenced in area for a children's playground and activity area, and other amenities that would be of benefit to the entire Port Washington community.