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Northport residents demand attention for Scudder Park

Litter sits on the ground near a swing

Litter sits on the ground near a swing at Scudder Park in Northport, Sept. 2, 2015. Credit: Ed Betz

Neighbors want to see some pampering of Northport's Scudder Park.

"It's just not being taken care of," resident Anthony Niosi told village trustees Tuesday night. "They don't clean up the area, there's weeds growing everywhere. It's a disaster."

Officials acknowledged Tuesday that the park -- one of eight in Northport -- needs work and said they were open to residents' calls to form a committee to find collaborative, community solutions to deal with the issue.

"We're looking at things that are low maintenance, but things that are going to look good regardless of how they are taken care of," trustee Ian Milligan said. "I don't disagree with you at all. The place is a mess, there's things to be done there."

Trustee Damon McMullen noted that the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program has been doing beautification around the entrance of the park, about half a mile south of downtown, for several years. Officials said they would connect the residents who want to get involved with Cornell's volunteer service program.

McMullen said that, despite the littering and proximity to the sewer treatment plant to the south, overall Scudder is a nice park with a beautiful view of the village harbor to the north.

The issue is often that people who use the area for parties do not clean up after themselves, he said.

"That's a constant problem, the garbage down there," he said. "People think it's all right to open their window and throw garbage out there."

But officials also noted that the area does get attention. McMullen said parks department workers clean the area, including the bathrooms, daily; and on weekends workers pick up garbage and empty cans from 6 to 10 a.m.

"We've always wanted to try to do more with the park, but there are budgetary constraints," he said.

McMullen notedthat the high cost of adding playground equipment has been prohibitive.

Niosi and other residents said it's not fair that Scudder gets less attention than do the village parks at the end of busy Main Street.

"It's notabout Main Street all the time," Niosi said. "Of course we want Main Street to be beautiful, but Northport as a whole should be looking beautiful."

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