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Residents to decide whether pool upgrades cost $9M or $15M

An artist's rendering shows some features proposed for

An artist's rendering shows some features proposed for the pool at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park, including a slide and a spray park for kids. Credit: J.R. Holzmacher P.E. LLC

Residents of the New Hyde Park Special Park District can weigh in on the proposed $15 million renovation of the pool at Clinton G. Martin Park in a mailed survey that is also available online.

The goal of the 10-question survey is to get a better sense of what improvements and changes residents would like to see and how much they are willing to pay for the project, Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a news release.

The town announced plans for the pool renovation at a recent community meeting, where residents voiced concerns about the project’s costs, timetable and scope.

Two options are being discussed. The first concept costs $9 million and would address the pool’s infrastructure and also make necessary repairs to its internal components, such as pumps and filters. The second option, at $15 million, would go beyond necessary pool repairs to include renovations to the pool and tennis facility such as new locker rooms, lighting, facade renovations, a pool slide and more.

Costs for the renovation would be defrayed by Special Park District residents, who live in the village of New Hyde Park and unincorporated areas of North New Hyde Park, Manhasset Hills, Searingtown, Herricks and Garden City Park. There are 12,877 properties that pay taxes in this area, said town spokeswoman Carole Trottere.

A median household in the area with a fair-market property value of $412,400 pays $38.39 a year in Special District taxes. Depending on which plan is chosen, taxes for such households would rise to between $53 and $110 annually to cover the construction costs.

“The Clinton G. Martin Park pool is 50 years old, and the infrastructure is in dire need of replacement in order for it to stay open beyond the 2016 summer season,” Bosworth said in a news release.

If there is no support for either option, the pool would remain closed indefinitely following this summer’s season.

Officials said the town wants the mailed survey back “around June 30.” The survey is available on the town’s website at

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