Brookhaven Town's parks department is making progress on an up to $8 million Selden park that won't be completed until 2017 at the earliest.
When done, the 25-acre facility will have six baseball and multipurpose fields, walkable trails and playgrounds.
Phase one has been completed and included the construction of two 90-foot Little League fields at a cost of roughly $500,000. The next phase, expected to begin sometime next year, entails building two multipurpose fields and parking lots.
"That's going to be a project," Ed Morris, Brookhaven's parks commissioner, said of all three phases.
Suffolk County officials didn't immediately return phone calls.
The entire project isn't scheduled to be completed until 2017 or 2018, officials said. Town officials said the park would have something for everyone.
"It's a generational park. You can start with the kids and the walkable trails, and then move up to playing at the playgrounds," said Town Councilman Kevin LaValle, who represents Selden.
Having grown up in the hamlet playing Little League baseball himself, LaValle said the large park is something that residents need and have looked forward to for a long time.
"There's a lack of large parks and playing fields here," the councilman said.
The park will sit behind Hawkins Path Elementary School, near Boyle and Hawkins roads.
Since last year, Brookhaven Town has spent roughly $5 million on upgrades, renovations and construction of park facilities townwide.
Officials say the town boasts one of the busiest parks departments in New York State.
Each summer, the department runs a baseball program with 175 teams, and its fall baseball program has more than 100 teams, a basketball league with 80 teams and a 100-team soccer league.
On top of that, there is an adult softball program with more than 100 teams. The parks department also manages summer camps and organizes more than 3,000 private swimming lessons.
"At the end of the day, we have probably the nicest park system on Long Island," Morris said. "We have the biggest recreation program in New York State."
The department is responsible for more than 170 parks, sports complexes, playgrounds, ballfields, beaches, pools, recreation centers, marinas and docks. About 90 employees work in the department, along with several hundred seasonal staff workers. About 25 other employees do administrative work.
Other ongoing park projects include the transformation of a 17-acre, former greenhouse operation into a walkable park with nature trails, and new fencing and irrigation at Peppermint Park in Patchogue.
In the 2016 preliminary budget, $100,000 would be set aside for each council district for capital projects to spruce up parks.