Written by Jackie Pierangelo Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00
The Bay Walk includes roughly one-half mile of trail that runs from the Gulfway Marina to the Pellegrino Park. Mayor Weitzner pointed out that they removed the sidewalk that was right up against Shore Road and most of the utility poles that littered the shoreline. “We’ve also moved the trail closer to the water to enhance its beauty. We’ve added benches, lighting, landscaping, and created a path that has charm and character where you can actually see the water. We have also rebuilt the old pier that used to transfer heating oil under Shore Road to the oil tanks that existed where Stop & Shop currently resides,” said the mayor.
The main purpose of the ribbon cutting was to gather those parties who contributed funding to make it all happen, the mayor said. He listed those agencies that were instrumental in providing the financial resources and input necessary to the success of the project, which include the New York State Department of State, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation, Nassau County, The Town of North Hempstead and Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. “Specifically,” he said, “they include State Senator Craig Johnson, Assemblywoman Michele Schimel, County Executive Tom Suozzi, N.C. Legislator Wayne Wink, North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, and numerous members of Residents.” He added, “The village thanks them all for their support.”
Speaking personally, Mayor Weitzner said, “It’s difficult to put into words what this means to me. This project has been my child from the beginning and to see most of it become a reality is very special and gratifying. Putting 5 years into something (taking time away from my family and career in the process) that started with a concept from our old planning board; to be able to get community input and consensus; create a plan, and raise the money to make this happen is something I am very proud of. I guess you could say it is my defining moment as mayor of Port North. Not just for me of course, but for our village. The Village of Port Washington North really came through to create something that the entire community can use and enjoy.”
Phase II of the project will consist of creating the new Bay Walk Waterfront Park at the open space next to the pier, and reconstructing the existing Pellegrino Park. The new park will consist of benches, sunshades, a children’s play area, parking with handicap accessibility and a drop off area, and a kayak ramp. The mayor advises, “We have funding for the planning and will be seeking more grant monies for construction. Also in the works is Nassau County repaving the entire stretch of Shore Road and Old Shore Road, and the placement of brick crosswalks, handicap ramps, and countdown signals along and across Shore Road as part of the Port Washington North Local Safe Streets and Traffic Calming program. Once completed, we will offer our community an active waterfront to use and enjoy.”
The mayor also advised that the village will be holding a grand opening in the spring dedicating the Port North Pier, the new Barbara Johnson Park and numerous pieces of art created by Port residents that will line the trail.
He notes, “Then we will also pay tribute to all worthy parties who helped make the park possible, and invite the entire community to attend and kick the tires of our new waterfront facility.”
Kudos to the village, The waterfront park has made Port an even more special place to live!