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Islip Town Board votes to seek new playground equipment for Brentwood's Clemente Park

The Islip Town Board unanimously approved at its meeting Tuesday a resolution to apply to a nonprofit organization for new playground equipment for Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood.

The town will apply for a new playground from KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit organization that provides playground equipment to be installed by community volunteers.

Last year, Islip won a $100,000 grant from the Disney VoluntEARS program to work with KaBOOM! on building a new handicap-accessible, 20-acre playground in Central Islip.

The playground for Roberto Clemente will be all new equipment, said Councilman Steve Flotteron after the vote.

"KaBOOM! is a wonderful organization and they really know how to bring people together," Flotteron said in a phone interview Wednesday. "It's community building, and to have them working with us is a great opportunity."

The town board resolution grants Supervisor Angie Carpenter authorization to prepare an application to KaBOOM! for the playground equipment. If the town's application is granted, there is a $8,500 fee that the town may seek to raise through community events or donations, Flotteron said.

He said with the ongoing cleanup of thousands of tons of toxic debris and the rehabilitation of Roberto Clemente Park, an exact timeline for the playground's construction could not be determined.

"There are so many moving parts to rebuilding the place, and it's going to be a construction site for a while," Flotteron said.

Last week, consultants from Enviroscience Consultants reported to the town that the cleanup of the tainted fill was almost completed, with test results showing little to no contamination remaining.

Last spring, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota uncovered a dumping scheme in and around Islip Town, where contaminated materials ended up in the park. The park has been shut since April 2014.

The town's next step in the park's rehabilitation is to send its report on the cleanup to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which will review and send back a plan for Islip to follow for further remediation work.

The Central Islip site, at Clayton Street and Lowell Avenue, was also found to have a pile of debris that had asbestos present that was tested and cleared before KaBOOM! built the new playground last year.

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