Floral Park eyes Tiny Town renovation, again

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Floral Park eyes Tiny Town renovation, again
Floral Park is looking to renovate Tiny Town playground. (Photo by Rebecca Klar)

Floral Park officials are renewing a push to renovate Tiny Town, a village playground that hasn’t been renovated in nearly two decades.

The village began accepting bids for the playground, located by the corner of Bergen Street and Fuller Avenue, on July 25, after a first set of bids was rejected in May.

On Monday, Mayor Dominick Longobardi said the village had received bids, though he had not yet seen them and did not know how many came in.

A little over two years ago, the village removed a diseased tree that was becoming a danger to the children playing in the park, Longobardi said.

“Once that tree was down, we kind of got a good look at what we were doing with that, what the park looked like and the age of the structures that were there,” Longobardi said.

Officials decided it was better to renovate the playground as one project rather than replacing it in pieces, Longobardi said.

The village is looking to spend about half a million dollars on the project, Longobardi said.

The bids rejected a few months ago came in higher than the estimated cost, but Longobardi said the village is hopeful the bids will fit Floral Park’s needs this time around.

Once finished, Tiny Town will have new structures, including slides and swings, as well as increased artificial shade, he said.

“We want it to be a place where everyone can go to be safe and be comfortable. Whether playing on structures or waiting for grandchildren and letting them have some fun,” Longobardi said.

Reach reporter Rebecca Klar by email at [email protected], by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 204, or follow her on Twitter @rebeccaklar_.

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