Manhasset parks, railroad upgrades included in town capital plan

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The Town of North Hempstead's new capital plan invest over $1 million in the playground at Mary Jane Davies Green. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

Manhasset’s parks will get upgrades in the coming years under the Town of North Hempstead’s 2019-23 capital plan, which was unanimously approved in December.

Pool improvements are planned for Whitney Pond Park, a parking lot expansion is set for Manhasset Valley Park and Mary Jane Davies Green’s playground will be renovated.

Leeds Pond will have aquatic sand removal and a new overflow culvert.

Beyond the park improvements, Manhasset’s Long Island Rail Road station will get new sidewalks over the track along Plandome Road in the 2020 fiscal year.

That project is in partnership with the railroad and will cost $75,000. Exact timing of the project is not yet determined.

The Whitney Pond Park upgrades are among the most expensive of the town’s endeavors in Manhasset.

Over the course of three years, North Hempstead is investing $1.45 million in infrastructure improvements, including a $350,000 wall removal in the pool facility.

Additionally, there will be sand removal in Whitney Creek, which runs from the park into Manhasset Valley Park. Removal is intended to improve drainage and support the ecosystem. That restoration project will take three years and will be supported by $790,000 from Lockheed Martin.

The Mary Jane Davies Green project will cost over $1 million.

Renovation to the spray pad in the playground, planned for the 2020 fiscal year after it is engineered this year, will cost $1 million. The playground equipment will be upgraded in the 2019 fiscal year for $250,000.

The new overflow culvert at Leeds Pond will be in a location where water currently flows into Manhasset Bay. The project will stop that flow by raising the elevation around the perimeter of the area and diverting the water into the overflow culvert.

A grant is providing $1.5 million for the project, but it requires an additional $102,289, which town and Plandome Manor village officials are still seeking.

Aquatic sand removal for the culvert is slated for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years for a total of $2.16 million.

“The cost estimate includes the assumption that material being removed is clean,” the capital plan says.

The new parking lot in Manhasset Valley Park would be on county property, where currently there is a Department of Public Works yard. It would cost $100,000.

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