Town to accept plans to revitalize park

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If you’ve got a vision for improving North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington, town officials are willing to hear your pitch.

The town will now accept conceptual plans for recreational amenities that council members on Tuesday said they would consider as part of a revitalization plan for the park.

“This will be something that would be used for everybody throughout the town,” North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck) said. “We’re going to want input from all different areas to better develop that area.”

Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio (R-Port Washington), whose 6th district covers North Hempstead Beach Park, said the town will be “looking at the big picture, in terms of a master plan, before we adopt one or more amenities in the park.”

Council members unanimously voted during Tuesday’s meeting to authorize the town’s commissioner of administrative services to advertise a request for potential plans.

De Giorgio clarified the language of the resolution on the meeting’s agenda, which said the plans requested were for a restaurant, saying no project at the park has yet been approved.

“For those concerned, we haven’t agreed to put a restaurant there,” she said.

The town earlier this year began extending a nature trail around the Hempstead Harbor waterfront.  There are also plans to renovate the harbor’s peer area and beach.

Bosworth said the town would seek amenities to complement the restorations, like boating, water sports and additional trails.

“We just want to make sure the park gets used to its fullest potential,” she said.

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