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Roosevelt Park work moves to phase 2

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States and Oyster Bay's most famous resident, is located in a mini-park on Route 106 at the gateway to the hamlet, as seen on March 26, 2012. Photo Credit: Nicole Bartoline

The Oyster Bay Town Board Tuesday approved contracts for the ongoing reconstruction of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay hamlet.

The town is moving into the second phase of the park project and the board approved a $1.5-million contract for Laser Industries of Ridge for site improvements and a $1.4-million contract for S.J. Hoerning Construction of Bay Shore for building renovations.

The town hopes the redesigned and rehabilitated park will provide enhanced recreational opportunities and curb vandalism and graffiti that have plagued the deteriorating facility.

Construction began in the spring of 2011 on the $3.7-million first phase. The revitalized park included a new multipurpose turf field, two reconstructed ballfields, and a new picnic pavilion and lawn on its west end last year.

Additional improvements will come to the memorial area to the east and the Firemen’s Field parking lot over the next four years.

Improvements to the memorial area will include paths, lighting, reconstruction of the seawall, and new facades for the restroom buildings, a concession stand and an old storage building that will become an office.

The third phase at Firemen’s Field, which is used for parking and firefighter training, will bring improved drainage, lighting and new landscaping.

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States and Oyster Bay's most famous resident, is located in a mini-park on Route 106 at the gateway to the hamlet. (March 26, 2012)

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