Long Island leaders gathered Monday to unveil a refurbished Lions Triangle in the Village of Mineola.
The Lions Triangle is a 14,000-square-foot public green space, located on the north side of Old Country Road at Roslyn Road, dedicated to the Lions Club, County Executive Laura Curran’s office said.
The event was hosted by Curran, who was joined by Lions Club leaders, New York state Sen. Anna Kaplan, Richard J. Nicolello, presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, and other county and Mineola officials.
The project cost $275,000 and consisted of installing new concrete, benches, receptacles, flagpoles, an irrigation system, electric service and other upgrades, Curran’s office said. In addition, existing monuments were refurbished and relocated within the park.
Curran’s office said the county worked with the Village of Mineola, Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, the Lions Club International and Nicolello to have improvements made to the park, which Curran’s office said will enhance its community-friendly appeal and invite the public to revisit with a fresh eye and explore the history of the Lions Club.
“Park maintenance and enhancement is key to making Nassau a better place for people to live, work and play and I want to thank our DPW leadership and workforce, Presiding Officer Nicolello and the Village of Mineola for their collaborative efforts to revitalize this humble, green space amidst busy Old Country Road,” Curran said.
Curran said that the design of the park is intended to assure a ”fresh, clean space,” with pedestrian pathways, and a “rest area” with benches and shade for residents to enjoy.
“I am proud to join with County Executive Curran to officially open ‘Lions Triangle’ in Mineola,” Nicolello said. “After months of working with the Lions Club, the Village of Mineola, the County’s Department of Public Works and others, I am proud to see the work finally completed and residents taking advantage of the space. I will continue to fight for critical county funding for important projects in our community.”
In 1962, a monument was placed at the location to honor the Lions Club and its commitment to peace and community service throughout the world, Curran’s office said. In 1976, another monument was put on site to honor the Bicentennial “Spirit of ’76.” Then in 1989, the space saw the installation of walks and benches.
The idea arose to improve the park further in 2016 when the organization was celebrating its centennial anniversary, Curran’s office said. The work began in June and was completed in October.