Dog park creation, parks improvements for New Hyde Park in town Capital Plan

Jed Hendrixson
The turf field at Michael J. Tully Park, which will be replaced. (Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead)

Several parks and fields in New Hyde Park will be renovated as part of the Town of North Hempstead’s 2019-2023 capital plan, as well as the creation of a new dog park.

The plan, approved by the Town Board on Dec. 18, outlines 80 improvement projects in the town, allocating $136.1 million in town spending over five years and $40.5 million in FEMA projects.

The new dog park will be located at Michael J. Tully Park. Currently, dogs must be on a leash in the park, but now a separate, enclosed area will provide a space for them to roam and interact with other dogs.

The park builds on Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth’s efforts to make the town more appealing for four-legged residents and their owners, Carole Trottere, a town spokeswoman, previously said.

The project will cost $380,000, which will include fencing and equipment purchases, and construction is expected to begin in early 2019.

Also at Michael J. Tully Park, the town plans to replace the turf field of the stadium, reconstruct the handball courts and evaluate and repair drainage issues at the softball fields.

The replacement of the turf field and track will take place in 2019 and account for $1 million of the $5.73 million the town plans to spend on improvements to the park over the course of five years.

A review of the park’s drainage system will cost $1,675,000 in 2019, and $100,000 is allocated for drainage work in the following four years.

FEMA renovations totaling $255,549 are also scheduled for 2019 and 2020 for  components at the park that were severely damaged during the power surges that occurred during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

In total, Michael J. Tully Park will get more than $10 million in investments, according to the capital plan.

Also in New Hyde Park, Clinton G. Martin Park will receive $2.55 million in parking lot renovations in the form of new drainage, new lighting and a repaving of the lot’s surface.

Restorations will also by made to the I-Park Soccer Fields on Union Turnpike. The town allocated $50,000 in 2020 and $1 million in 2021 to fund the replacement of two grass fields with synthetic turf fields. Annual maintenance of the fields will also increase as a result of the installation of the fields.

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