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Bay Walk Waterfront Park dedication set for Sunday

The Village of Port Washington North and the Town of North Hempstead are holding a dedication ceremony Sunday touting the completion of the first phase of the Bay Walk Waterfront Park, which includes the Bay Walk Nautical Art Museum and Port North Pier.

Fifteen years in the making, the $4-million park was mostly funded through state and county grants and donations.

It began as a project to revitalize Shore Road, which was hit hard when the heating oil and sand-mining industries left the area.

“Shore Road was nothing but visual blight,” Port Washington North Mayor Robert Weitzner said. “It was an economic disaster.”

The museum, which is the newest amenity, is an outdoor meandering art walk on town land that features works from five Port Washington artists, including a fifth-grade class at Sousa Elementary School.

Made of mosaic, molded steel, colored glass and other materials — the artwork depicts the area’s sand mining, natural and nautical history.

“It really depicts the history of Manhasset Bay,” Weitzner said.

The Pier, which is finishing its first full season, offers a fishing platform, canopied seating, a gangway and floats.

The park also features a recreational trail that runs for about two-thirds of a mile along Shore Road overlooking Manhasset Bay. Seating lines the landscaped route. The dedication will be at 11 a.m. at the Port North Pier.

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