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Town opens East Northport fields
Hundreds of participants in Northport Youth Football League programs and their parents, as well as the Northport High School varsity football team and cheerleaders, joined members of the Huntington Town Board at an Oct. 14 pep rally that marked the official inauguration of the artificial turf fields that are part of the $8 million first phase renovations to Veterans Park in East Northport.
The pep rally included performances by cheerleaders of all ages and saw team members, in uniform, running onto one of the new turf fields. Officials from the league presented Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Stuart Besen with league jerseys carrying their names as a symbol of their appreciation for the Town’s efforts in creating the park. Councilwomen Susan Berland and Glenda Jackson, who were unable to attend because they were representing the town elsewhere, both sent regrets and noted their support for the Veterans Park project as well.
“We are thrilled to see so many children and their families using this exciting new facility,” Petrone said. “We hope that people from all corners of the town will take advantage of the park’s many features, from organized athletic activity to skateboarding to hiking.”
“These are state-of-the-art facilities that have been designed with considerable community input,” Cuthbertson said. “Taken together, they will make Veterans Park one of the Town’s major recreation hubs.”
“This is the Town’s most significant park project in many years, and I am excited at how well all the diverse aspects have come together,” Besen said. “Veterans Park will truly be a jewel of Huntington’s park system.”
The Phase 1 features have included creation of the fields, installation of lighting, construction of a new comfort station and the addition of parking, all of which are complete, as well as a skateboard park and a boundless playground, both of which should be completed shortly. Future phases of the project will see creation of new Little League ball fields and hiking trails.
A.J. Carter is the town’s public information officer