After a decade-long delay, a Huntington park has been approved in a matter of months after lobbying by residents.
The Huntington Town Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved Coral Park for a parcel of land along Broadway Greenlawn Road.
The project was launched in the late 1990s, when the Town of Huntington Environmental Open Space and Park Fund Review Advisory Committee earmarked $300,000 for the park after a developer donated the land. But it stalled until last fall, when some residents began to lobby the town to get it built.
“I am very thankful and feel truly blessed to see the park approved,” said Sheila Harris, one of those residents. “This park is overdue, deserved and just a blessing for the children especially. They’re going to love it.”
The 2.8-acre park will include an open playing field, a basketball court, a playground, a parking lot, bicycle racks and a gazebo. A comfort station was removed from the plan after community objection; town officials said there is a policy that only parks used by organized sports leagues have bathrooms. The park will not be lighted.
Earlier this month, seven of the 10 members of the advisory committee voted to take an additional $285,000 from the neighborhood park fund and $200,000 from the environmental advisory committee park improvements fund to finish the park, and $50,000 from the neighborhood enhancement fund to pay for a traffic signal.
Town board member Susan Berland, who sponsored the resolution for the park, said she is happy to see the plan move ahead.
“The next step is for the engineering department to review the final plans and make a recommendation on how best to get this constructed,” Berland said.
She said she has spoken with county officials regarding traffic on Broadway Greenlawn Road, a county road, and they are going “full steam ahead” with a traffic analysis.