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Huntington OKs more funds to build Coral Park

Artist renderings for Coral Park are seen at

Artist renderings for Coral Park are seen at a meeting Huntington officials held with residents, including Sheila Harris. (May 2, 2012). Credit: John Roca

The Huntington Town Board has voted to appropriate up to an additional $205,000 to build long-delayed Coral Park.

The town had earmarked $135,000 for a traffic signal that it planned to pay for, install and maintain on the county road entrance to the proposed town park. But the county rejected the plan and instead plans to place a crosswalk with a "bulb out" -- a concrete curb that narrows the width of the street and forces drivers to slow down -- on each side of the road.

Now, that $135,000 will be reallocated to go toward creation of the park.

The town Environmental Open Space & Park Fund Review Advisory Committee also received a recommendation from the town engineering services department to allocate as much as an additional $70,000 for the creation of the park, and the park committee agreed.

The town board Tuesday at its monthly meeting unanimously approved the appropriations from the Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement Fund and the Neighborhood Parks Fund.

The town had previously approved $689,250 for the creation of the park on a stretch of land along Broadway Greenlawn Road in Huntington.

Town board member Susan Berland, who has been pushing for the creation of the park with community support, said although there have been delays the park will get built.

"It's been a long time coming," she said. "The problem with any of these projects is it takes a long time."

The park, proposed in the late 1990s, has stalled several times over the years. Plans were moving ahead until January when the county rejected the town's request for a traffic light.


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