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Hempstead Village park is going green

Kennedy Park in Hempstead Village will undergo a “green” transformation with the installation of renewable-energy lighting.

Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. and the board of trustees, along with the village’s Parks and Recreation Department, announced Friday that solar panels and LED lighting will be installed at the recreation center in the park.

The village will use a $479,800 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the project, which will be completed by the end of the month, village officials said.

“This is a great way to help our village go green,” Hall said in a statement. “We will continue making cost-saving, energy-efficient changes throughout our village.”

The solar panels will help the center run primarily on power from the sun. An interactive kiosk near the recreation center will display how much energy is being saved.

George Sandas, parks superintendent, said in a statement that village parks should be environmentally responsible, “and this is just adding to the many green steps we have taken during improvement efforts.”

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