A visioning workshop for the proposed Central Islip Park will be held Saturday at Central Islip Senior High School to discuss the future of the 20-acre area on Clayton Street across from the current recreation center.
More than 150 residents are expected to take part in the meeting, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as they begin a collaborative effort to reshape the area, a news release said.
Residents, business owners and stakeholders are invited to the workshop to offer their input. The Coalition of Good Neighbors, Central Islip Chamber of Commerce and Central Islip Civic Center will also take part in the event.
The event is spearheaded by Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron and will be moderated by Vision Long Island, a nonprofit that works on Smart Growth projects and advocates quality growth and preservation on Long Island.
The area planned for the park is currently undeveloped and belongs to the town. Flotteron said funding for the park would not come from taxpayers. Instead, it will come from a development fund, which has more than $500,000 already, he said. The money, the councilman said, would cover at least the clearing and grading work on the area.
Islip is paying Vision Long Island $15,000 to coordinate the process.
The town expects to finish the visioning process by late spring, the release said, and break ground by this fall.
Flotteron said in the release that he and the steering committee guiding the process are seeking communal input in the park’s design.
“We wanted an open, transparent process where everyone can participate and take ownership in the end result,” he said. “Recognizing that the community knows best their needs and desires for this park, we are pleased to introduce a process that will bring their vision to life.”
Islip Town Hall. Photo by Erin Geismar