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June 9 Hearing on Acquisition of Land for Park in Jericho

On April 28, the Town of Oyster Bay passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of 3.5 acres on Robbins Lane, as the first step toward the construction of a Town park and turf field for the Jericho community.

The proposed acquisition of land to create a park in the Jericho Park District will now be discussed at a Tuesday, June 9 hearing by the Oyster Bay Town Board.

“The Town is proposing to purchase an approximately three-acre parcel of land to create a park encompasing a multi-purpose playing field with bleachers, playground, concession and bathrooms for the Jericho Park District,” Town Councilman Chris J. Coschignano stated. “While the land is situated in Syosset, it abuts the Jericho community and is easily accessible to Jericho residents.”

The councilman said that the parcel is located on the southwest side of Robbins Lane and has a street address of 300 Robbins Lane. He added that the estimated cost to the Jericho Park District is $5,500,000. The Town is proposing to finance the cost through the issuance of bonds, which will be paid off by the residents of the Jericho Park District.

Community organizations including the Jericho Athletic Association (JAA) in conjunction with the Birchwood Civic Association (BCA) have been working closely with the Town of Oyster Bay to bring this planned turf field from conception to completion.

The proposal is the culmination of the JAA’s efforts for years to locate a parcel for development of a field, and the Birchwood Civic Association’s efforts to limit overdevelopment on Robbins Lane.

Craig Snyder, president of the Birchwood Civic Association, whose organization has been one of the sponsors and driving forces behind this project, stated that the proposed park and turf field will be a welcome asset to the community and provide a park where the families of the Jericho community can gather, and where children can play safely and improve their skills. “In sum it will be our community’s own ‘field of dreams’ and we are grateful to our town supervisor and the town board for their continued efforts on our community’s behalf,” he said.

Members of the JAA Field committee including Jack Schnitt, Joel Sweetbaum, William Ferro and Andrew Marshall have been working closely with the town for years to obtain and find a suitable location for the sports park and are excited to finally be moving forward with the planning stages of the field.

Jack Schnitt, president of the Jericho Athletic Association, who is retiring after 14 years of service on the Board said, “the Jericho Athletic Association and community could not be more excited and pleased that the children of Jericho are finally getting a turf field to call their own. This project has been years in the making and we are extremely appreciative to the town for their support and commitment to creating for our children the world class facility they deserve.”

The meeting will be held in the hearing room of Town Hall East, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay. Beginning at 10 a.m., the regular town calendar, including the above-mentioned hearing, will be called. Following the regular town business, the town board will be available to listen to public comment on any matter.