Huntington eyes parcels for Gateway Park

Old Town Hall, on the corner of Main

Old Town Hall, on the corner of Main Street and Stewart Avenue, is the former seat of Huntington Town government. It is in the Old Town Hall Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1910, it is now an office building. (Feb. 7, 2012) (Credit: Carl Corry)

Town of Huntington officials are considering buying two more parcels of land to expand Gateway Park in Huntington Station.

The park, at New York and Lowndes avenues, has been in the making since 2003. One of the parcels under consideration is a 0.12-acre lot at 58 1/2 Lowndes Ave., the second a 0.25-acre vacant lot on the south side of Academy Place.

"The original goal for this park was to assemble a large enough parcel so you could have an active park for a community that has very few parks," Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said.

At the next town board meeting on Feb. 5, the board is expected to vote on a resolution to allow the town Environmental Open Space and Park Fund Review Advisory committee to get appraisals of the two parcels.

The more than 2-acre park includes former state, county and town parcels as well as recently acquired private parcels, Petrone said. The park also has a community vegetable garden.

The town is in contract to buy a 1.06-acre site at 12 Academy Place for $270,000. In December the state awarded the town a $370,000 grant to restore a structure on that property.

"This park is an important part of enhancing that part of the community," said town board member Mark Mayoka who, along with Petrone, co-sponsored the resolution to buy the properties in December. "It's part of the grand scheme to build out the area and make it more fully inclusive as a park and more palatable and usable for the community."

The board meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 Main St.

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