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Grist Mill Renovation Underway

Park Improvements at Christopher Morley

Nassau County officials recently announced an ambitious set of parkland renovation projects throughout the county. A number of them are for sites in the Roslyn area.

Most prominent is work on the Roslyn Grist Mill, the structure on Old Northern Boulevard, which traces its ancestry to the 16th century. The Grist Mill is being prepared for a $2 million facelift, with funding coming from both the EBA and the Gerry Charitable Trust. County officials said work would include restoration and reconstruction of missing equipment, foundation, woodwork, windows, and exterior.

In addition, a new playground is being installed at Christopher Morley Park. The playground, with replaces an older one, is nearly ready for public use. County officials said it incorporates slides, climbing apparatus and jungle jims, among other features.

In Herricks, construction has begun on the Herricks Pond Park Education Area. The work on this $215,000 project is intended to convert what county officials call a  “passive” park into a community showcase with a new walkway, pond overlook and native Long Island plantings. The project also incorporates a small educational amphitheater that can be used by the nearby grade school and a new school bus cutoff to safely accommodate the children.  The school currently uses the park for science-related educational activities.

As noted in a recent issue of The Roslyn News, Cedarmere, the former home of the famed poet and editor William Cullen Bryant, is undergoing a $1.7 million renovation that includes the exterior of the Bryant home and the 1863 Gothic mill by the property’s pond. A third element includes exterior restoration work on the 1862 Jerusha Dewey house on the Bryant Preserve. A new not-for-profit group, Friends of Cedarmere was recently formed with the goal of securing funds to reopen the large, Victorian-style house as a museum. Cedarmere is currently closed to the public.

Also on the North Shore, a $1.1 million project, comprising county and New York State funding, will allow the county to replace windows at historic Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve.

In addition, a $840,000 renovation project is taking place at Stannards Brook Park, Port Washington. Such work on the three-acre park will include new entrances with pergolas, as well as new lighting, fencing, guardrails, bridges, pathways, and benches. New wetland and upland landscaping materials will be planted and educational features added, county officials added. The existing stream channel will also be realigned and the culverts modified to reduce flooding.

Other improvements include a new playground at Nickerson Beach, a new soccer field in Hicksville, the renovation of two Little League baseball fields in Seaford, and the creation of a new water trail for kayaks and canoes along the South Shore.

“Our parks are intended to offer relief, relaxation and fun to residents who are facing increased stress from a poor economy and high taxes,” said County Executive Edward I. Mangano. “We will continue to offer the same great cultural events, concerts and other activities at our wonderful facilities, and I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy them.”

For more information on Nassau County’s parks, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/index.html or call 572-0200.