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Huntington officials demolishing BMX bike trail at Melville park

The demolition of an unapproved BMX bike trail in a passive park in Melville is just about complete.

Last week, workers from Huntington Town’s general services department went to the site and began to dissemble it, including removing a barbeque pit and a wooden deck.

“All the mounds are now down,” said Town spokesman A.J. Carter. “What remains to be done in the next week or two is to smooth things out and get the area back as close as possible to the state it was before it was disturbed.”

The trail had been set up by a group of people in the 160-acre Pineridge Park Preserve, which is south of the Long Island Expressway south service road, between Round Swamp Road and Route 110.

Town officials thought the trail was no longer being used, but in August discovered that not only was it still being used but it had been expanded by an acre to spread across two acres, a generator had been brought in, a cinder block barbecue pit built and mounds had been covered with tarps that were collecting stagnant water, which was attracting mosquitoes.

Carter said that at one point the town had been trying to work with the people who built the trail it to find an alternative location. In August town officials gave the people 30 days to remove their personal property and restore the park to its previous state.

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