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Lindenhurst's Sandy-damaged Shore Road Park reopen Thursday with nighttime baseball game

Lindenhurst Village on Thursday will hold a reopening ceremony for a bayfront park that was severely damaged by superstorm Sandy.

The event at Shore Road Park will kick off the first nighttime baseball game at the park since September 2012. The park, which has a lighted baseball field as well as three soccer fields, was inundated with 4 feet of water from Sandy. The tidal surge wiped out the park's electrical system and ruined the fields, and brought in a 30-foot deck that village Deputy Clerk Doug Madlon said was believed to have floated from across the bay.

The village restored the electrical system, including a new transformer and electrical panels built 2 feet above the base flood elevation. Also repaired were fields and fences, Madlon said. The projects cost nearly $600,000, he said, and were paid for with Federal Emergency Management Agency funds.

Despite the destruction, the park became a gathering point for those impacted by Sandy, anchored by the Camp Bulldog volunteer effort that provided food and other assistance.

"A lot of people are still suffering and still have a lot of work to do, but like the residents, the village is moving ahead and restoring things as soon as we can," Madlon said. "This is another step in the right direction where people can celebrate that we're getting close to being back to normal."

The event will include a rededication of Thomas H. Kost Field, named after the village mayor from 1973 to 1988. Kost, whose nephew Darrel Kost this year was elected to the village board, helped create Shore Road Park, Madlon said.

The ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. followed by a baseball game between the Lindenhurst Nationals and the Long Island Gators.

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