A 17-acre Brookhaven Town park has opened at the site of a former nursery in Blue Point.

Blue Point Preserve, on Maple Avenue, features a walking path, benches, picnic tables and a pergola to provide shade for visitors. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Saturday, Dec. 19, to formally mark the park’s opening.

The town bought the property in 2012 to shield it from a developer’s plans to build 17 one-acre housing units there, Councilman Neil Foley said. The site, previously occupied by a nursery and greenhouses, had been vacant for about seven years.

“People were happy that we preserved the open space,” said Foley, a Blue Point resident. “The Blue Point community did not want any type of multi-family housing.”

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Town officials and local residents battled for several years over potential uses for the park, said Ed Silsbe, president of the Blue Point Community Civic Association. They agreed on a passive-use park with a ¾-mile walking path, he said.

“We have a wonderful opportunity here with a true passive park that could be a true asset to the community,” Silsbe said.