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N. Hempstead to set hearing for park plan

The Town of North Hempstead wants to turn

The Town of North Hempstead wants to turn the former Roslyn Country Club into a town park with completely renovated swimming and tennis facilities. (June 07, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein

A date for a public hearing on a proposal to create a park district in Roslyn Heights around a shuttered country-club property is to be set at Tuesday night’s North Hempstead Town board meeting.

The “Levitt Park at Roslyn Heights” park district would encompass roughly 725 homes surrounding the Roslyn Country Club. Under the proposal, the town would purchase 7.3 acres of the country-club property for $2 million, then turn the property over to the district, which would then tax its homeowners to pay for improvements to the park. District homeowners and their families would automatically receive memberships to the town-operated park.

A limited number of park memberships would be sold to town residents outside the district, and the proceeds would be used to offset the operational costs of the park.

The town is proposing moving forward with a basic plan for an outdoor pool, bathhouse and outdoor tennis courts at a cost of about $7.5 million, which would be bonded out. Each home within the district would pay roughly $1,000 a year in taxes toward the debt service on the bond.

The plan received a mostly welcoming reception from residents at a community meeting held in Old Westbury on Oct. 10. 

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