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Brookhaven pitches Carmans canoe center

The Town of Brookhaven purchased the shuttered Glacier

The Town of Brookhaven purchased the shuttered Glacier Bay Sports in 2008 and hopes to reopen it as a canoe and kayak center by spring. (Dec. 30, 2010) Credit: Erin Geismar

The Town of Brookhaven is planning a canoe and kayak facility for the shuttered Glacier Bay Sports property on Carmans River, which it hopes to see open as early as this spring, officials say.

The town purchased the property, located on Montauk Highway, for $490,000 in 2008 as part of its open space program, said town spokesman Jack Krieger.

The town envisions a launch site to the river and an educational center, said Stacey Epifane Sikes, deputy chief of staff for the town.

She said the town wants a private company to run the facility, but the first request for proposals attracted no bids. The town is in the process of preparing another RFP, or request for proposal, Epifane Sikes said, and if someone bites, it would shoot for a spring opening.

Another option, Krieger said, is for the town to run the facility, though how much that would cost and when it could open has yet to be explored.

He said if a private company takes over the operation, it would pay a monthly fee to the town.

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