An outreach center for residents with questions or concerns about the cleanup of an estimated 50,000 tons of illegally dumped, contaminated debris at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood has been opened, Islip Town officials announced.
Bilingual outreach representatives from the town are now available to speak with residents at the Caesar Trunzo Brentwood Senior Center at 99 Third Ave. in Brentwood on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., according to a news release.
The park was shuttered in April 2014 after Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced that the fill was contaminated. In December, six men and four companies were indicted on various charges stemming from their alleged roles in dumping at Clemente Park and three other sites in and around Islip Town. All have pleaded not guilty and are due back in court on Sept. 29.DataContaminants found in parksee alsoDocuments: Illegal dumpingMore coverageToxic dumping probe
"We want residents to know we value their suggestions . . . as we aim to work together with the Brentwood community to ensure Roberto Clemente Park will soon become a beautiful and safe place for all children and families in the Town of Islip to enjoy," Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter said in a statement.
Excavation of fill began last month. The cleanup, expected to cost $2,992,240, as per a contract awarded to a Wantagh firm through public bid, is set to finish at the end of September. A total cost of up to $6 million -- to include cleanup and rehabilitation of the park grounds and public pool -- was estimated by town board members last year who authorized the amount for bonding.
Residents can also 0email firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns. For bilingual information and updates about the park, call 888-674-7501 or visit islipny.gov or brentwoodnylibrary.org.