Hewlett’s Grant Park Children’s Playground Gets a Makeover | Herald Community Newspapers
The Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association is working with the Nassau County Parks Department to repair Grant Park’s “old playground” — a long overdue project.
Demolition of the existing playground began last week.
“We have been advised that the old playing field which is in very poor condition at Grant Park is being replaced,” said HWBA President David Friedman.
Grant Park at 1625 Broadway underwent a $2.7 million renovation in 2012. Three synthetic turf pitches and a batting cage with a grass surface were installed, and two of the park’s three playgrounds were upgraded. replaced by the Department of Parks.
The unrenovated third playground for children aged 4 to 8, described by Friedman as ‘broken’, has been the subject of male complaints from community members because it has not been affected by the Department of Parks.
In January 2020, the playground was due for a $500,000 overhaul, which former Parks Department commissioner Eileen Krieb told the Herald should be upgraded by spring. of this year. The playground was never renovated in 2020, likely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Parks Department launched the main playground improvement project last week, demolishing the old playground near the Kelly Tinyes memorial.
“We were told the equipment was on the way, and the Parks Department says the old playground will be replaced by Memorial Day.” Friedman said. Repairs to the playground will be fully funded by the Department of Parks.
“We are improving our parks! Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman posted on Facebook March 31. “I was recently on location at Grant Park in Hewlett, New York, reviewing plans for a new playground. Brace yourself, big changes are afoot in Nassau.
In addition to the new playground, the HWBA and the park service are working to repair the trail around the lake in Grant Park; replace the parking lot lighting at the park building; repair the fence on the Broadway side of the park so that trash is not blown through a broken fence into nearby residential properties; repair park benches; and clean the whole park.
Many long-standing maintenance requests are being addressed with current and upcoming efforts to repair the park, including the request from Hewlett resident Christine Lahey. “There needs to be better lighting around the park,” Lahey recommended in 2020.
Despite the huge investment in the park in 2012, residents are still disappointed with the current state of the ball diamonds and batting cages, which are littered with trash.
“There’s no trash can in sight,” Jennifer Marie wrote in Hewlett-Woodmere’s District 14 Facebook group on March 28. “The nets in the batting cage are destroyed and collapsing. The equipment is all damaged.
In response to the mess at the ballparks, the Parks Department cleaned up the entire batting cage area and pitches last week, Friedman said. “We are very happy to have finally made progress. I keep telling people: perseverance pays!