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Q&A: Grant Park to Get New Turf Fields

County project will improve the condition of the park.

has been undergoing renovations for the past few months that is sure to attract more baseball players when the project is completed. Michael Martino, press secretary of the Nassau County Department of Public Works, recently discussed the project with Patch.

What is being done at Grant Park?

The athletic fields at Grant Park are under-going a renovation that has been in the planning stages for more than a year. The renovation includes the replacement of the three baseball/softball fields with synthetic baseball/softball fields, a new comfort station, a new playground, shade shelter and exercise equipment.

Are turf fields that much better? 

Synthetic fields are an absolute improvement over the grass/dirt fields that were used for years at Grant Park. Maintenance costs will be dramatically reduced and the number of days the fields are available will be increased.

Synthetic fields are built with an under-field drainage system that keeps the fields dry and playable for just about the entire calendar year. As these fields are rented to various leagues, the anticipated revenue will undoubtedly increase.

How long will the project take?

The project commenced in September 2011, and is expected to be completed by mid/late spring of 2012.

Why do this now? 

This project design commenced over a year ago and was approved by the county legislature and NIFA. County Executive Edward Mangano and Legislator Howard Kopel believe it is important to maintain the quality of our neighborhoods, especially areas for recreation, at a time when residents cannot afford other luxuries in life.

Is anything being done to address the problem of geese droppings at the park? 

The parks department has supported procedures to reduce the Canadian goose population, such as egg addling and scare tactics with border collies. With the installation of synthetic fields, geese should no longer populate the field areas.

How much does the project cost and how will it be paid for?

This project is funded by the county’s annual capital project budget, which is specifically in place to ensure Nassau County continues to remain suburbia, included approximately $2 million for this project.

Is there anything else people should know about the Grant Park project? 

The project has been supported by the Lynbrook-East Rockaway Little League and will be a tremendous asset to the county and the surrounding community.

Mike January 25, 2012 at 04:12 PM
This is a great project and another example of improving the park facilities for our children and residents. Kudos to the county for getting this done
sam January 25, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Im glad this is finally getting done. I called legislator kopels office over a year ago to complain about the birds and horrible fields and actually got him on the phone. He promised he was already working on a plan to restore the park. It must take forever to get things done in n assau county, and was wondering a few months ago if he was full of it. Apparently he's a man of his word and its a pleasure to know that some politicians really keep their word when they make a promise.
Mike January 25, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Sam I couldn't agree more, this is a well used park and needed an upgrade. I would have liked to see them upgrade the ice rink and facilities also. But money well spent.
Frank January 25, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Why not put in a dog area?
Jay Goldmark - Top Class Electric January 26, 2012 at 03:52 AM
It's nice that the County can do improvement projects like this, but why at a time where the county is laying people off. Isnt a persons livelyhood more important then a new playing field??
Dr. Murray Vindaloo January 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Why don't these Republican cretins tell you how they increased local Little League use fees and why in hell does this project cost 2 million dollars? Any intelligent supposedly "prudent" conservative would have sought out corporate and/or local merchant sponsorship...Coca Cola or Nike woulda probably footed the whole tab! These dumbass "socially conscious" Republicans sound and look a lot like the spendthrift nanny Democrats they replaced. Screw all the politicians - dismantle the useless Nassau County political machine.
sam January 26, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Good idea Dr. Vindaloo. In fact, Molloy College was all set to sponsor a complete overhaul of Bay Park park until NIFA killed the project, presumably to prevent Mangano or the Republicans from getting credit for a pretty well structured project.
Jim Tisdell January 26, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Dr. Murray, The little league did increase fees, but I do not think it had to do with the renovation at Grant Park. The village of Lynbrook was seeking money from the Little League to let the kids play at Greis Park, an absolute slap in the face to every taxpaying resident. The village is run be republicans, and, as a lifelong republican myself, I could not agree with you more... Screw all the politicians both the county and the village...
Merrick7 January 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
well as an example Jay, studies show turf fields do not just look nice, they have economic benefits for ogvernment. You need less maintenance and park workers for fields and it requires much less costly upkeep and equipment. Also you do not need to use pesticides or water supplies which are not only expensive but pollution. From this field a few workers can be now laid off, without replacement. This saves the taxpayer money
Josephine January 27, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I live right across the street and I was never notified?? I saw a big rat run through my yard and mice from the field and then 7 am Im hearing blasting machines in my ear. I looked outside? What going on? someone from Ca. gave me this link..For 2 mil. I think all of Grant park should been enclosed., year round revenue? Isn't there supposed to be a public meeting for immediate residence??
Josephine January 27, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Actually I am the only immediediate resident. OMG. This is outrageous!!
Hewletteema January 27, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I agree with you Josephine. I also live near the park and am sad to see the sledding hills and open space taken away. It is not fair that we were not informed or given a chance to vote on how our tax dollars are being spent. What about soccer or football fields? I have wonderful memories of sledding, running, flying kites with my children on that open space, now there is concrete, fake grass and fencing? Sad.
Stephen J. Bronner January 27, 2012 at 06:59 PM
@Hewletteema I did ask about the sledding hill, but I'm still waiting on a response. Hopefully, they can save it, since it is so popular in our community.
the big kahuna January 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
That sledding hill was dangerous!!! im suprised no one was killed ther. Good ridance to it. Too bad they didnt put a turf football field there as well.
Mike January 27, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I have to disagree - the sledding hill was a great spot for the kids to have a good time when it snowed. it was in the park and safe for them
ed February 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
2 million for a turf field but they need to close police precincts? Mangano needs to be investigated by the DA's office.
Derek Jeter June 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Is there anyway you can get rid of the large DUCK population on the handball courts?? One goes by the name of Mike i believe.
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