Limited progress on Roslyn Estates park

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Roslyn Estates Board of Trustees opened their meeting Monday to public comment about potentially adding a park to the village. (Photo by Rebecca Klar)

Many Roslyn Estates residents have expressed enthusiasm for a local park, but during Monday’s meeting the Board of Trustees said little progress had been made on the park.

The board has decided to build a playground, but needs to determine if it has the money and freedom from encumbrances to begin work.

“The first thing we need to do is to make sure we have clear title,” Mayor Paul Leone Peters said.

The park would be at the southeast corner of the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Searington Road. Peters said he wanted to make sure there would be no EPA issues “with submerged tanks and stuff like that.”

Once the village has clear title, Peters said, he would like to have the land surveyed. He said the most recent survey did not have topography and still showed The Serpentine road.

Then, the board said that a landscape architect would look over the land and let the village know what it could do with the space. Finally, the board would accept a proposal with a price for a playground.

Board members also said that they had asked state Sen. Elaine Phillips to look into possible grants for construction of a playground.

“She’s been involved in two separate parks in two separate villages,” village Clerk Michael P. Tomicich said. “She’s a fairly new senator so I don’t know how much money she’s been awarded yet.”

Because the matter was discussed so briefly at the meeting, there was no public comment on the park.

During last month’s meeting, several Roslyn Estates residents expressed support for a park for a variety of reasons. They said the park would be a good place for children to go and would raise property values in the village. Some also felt a park was necessary because the nearby Christopher Morley Park was no longer accessible by foot. One resident, though, was concerned a new park would attract trouble-making teenagers.

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