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East Rockaway gets $200G for Oxbow Park

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced last week he had secured funds to beautify Oxbow Park in East Rockaway Village and that the county will help the village manage its stormwater runoff.

The county agreed to a continuation of the existing Intermunicipal Agreement with East Rockaway to help the village minimize the amount of contaminants and debris in stormwater runoff that might be washed into its bays and canals, officials said Friday.

“East Rockaway is one of Nassau County’s waterfront treasures, and I am proud to assist the village as it continues to make improvements that will ensure a high quality of life for many generations to come,” Mangano said in a statement.

The village also will receive $200,000 from the county’s 2006 Environmental Bond Act to improve Oxbow Park. The funds were slated for other projects that did not come through, and reallocated to the village after a request from Hempstead Town Senior Councilman Anthony Santino, an East Rockaway resident and former village deputy mayor, officials said.

The plan is to replace an existing gazebo, install new fencing on the perimeter of the park, create a new waterfront walkway, put up new lighting structures and add new landscaping.

The county will pay construction costs while the village will design, construct and maintain the park.

“This generous grant will help to initiate improvements to a piece of waterfront park property that has been neglected and underutilized for far too long,” village Mayor Francis T. Lenahan Jr. said.

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