Several projects for Port listed in town capital plan

Luke Torrance
North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington was one of four area beaches shut down Tuesday due to contamination from raw sewage. (Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead).

Several new projects and infrastructure improvements are coming to Port Washington as part of the Town of North Hempstead’s capital plan.

The first listed would be an extension of the trail along the western shore of Hempstead Harbour, located on the eastern Port Washington shoreline. The project is expected to cost $1 million and would expand the trail by 1,750 feet.

Another project will extend a trail on the other side of the peninsula.

The Bay Walk along Manhasset Bay has plans to stretch from the shoreline located in the village of Port Washington North down to the Town Dock on Main Street.

Additions may also be added, which would include rain gardens, new shade structures, a concrete stairway and rehabilitation of the existing walkway.

The project is expected to cost the town a little over $1.5 million and the majority of that sum will be paid in the 2020 financial year.

The Town Dock itself will undergo a $12.9 million renovation, with most of that being paid in the 2019 financial year.

The upgrades will make the dock more resistant to storm damage. It will also add new walkways, landscaping, lighting, a new bulkhead, a new parking lot and an improved drainage system.

Aquatic sand will also be removed near the Town Dock — a process expected to cost $4.6 million and could be more if the sand is not clean.

Sand will also be removed from Manorhaven Beach Park, at the cost of about half a million dollars, to allow the installation of a boat ramp.

Manorhaven will also receive $240,000, primarily to resurface the basketball courts.

Sand will be removed from Mill Pond and parking will be added around the park for about $500,000. The park’s yacht house will also receive a new foundation and various upgrades for $300,000.

On nearby Main Street, $1.1 million will go to upgrades along the street, including sidewalk and median work, new tree plantings and other improvements.

North Hempstead Beach Park will receive $17 million, with a vast majority of that going to create a design for the park that will make it “a destination spot that attracts town residents and non-residents to the location to enjoy the natural amenities and activities at the park.”

It’s part of a slew of upgrades planned for the park.

Among them are the replacement of the fishing pier, the installation of a non-motorized boat dock, wetland restoration and upgrades to the parking lot and sewer systems.

These projects are expected to cost a combined $13.5 million, although much of this total will be covered by grants from FEMA and the state since they involve repairs to infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Some $750,000 will go toward improving pedestrian safety around the five elementary schools and Carrie Weber Middle School of the Port Washington School District.

This will allow for the construction of wheelchair accessible ramps, striping and stop bars. Work will be done at 23 intersections or school entrances.

Asphalt parking lots will be repaved and sidewalks will be fixed at 12 parking lots scattered throughout Port.

This includes four commuter parking lots around the LIRR station and several lots along Main Street. The town has allotted $2.28 million for these upgrades and a majority of them will be carried out over the coming two years.

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