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Wyandanch park to get $713G face-lift

The Town of Babylon has agreed to pay a Mineola company more than $700,000 for work on part of the town’s Wyandanch Rising redevelopment.

The town board this week approved paying Sidney B. Bowne & Son Llp more than $713,000 for work on Geiger Lake Park.

The work at the park, which sits between Wyandanch and Deer Park, includes surveying, engineering, and design and construction of a spray park, pavilion, conservatory and botanical gardens.

The redevelopment of the park is considered part of Wyandanch Rising, the town’s $500 million public/private revitalization of downtown Wyandanch.

The town has been criticized by some residents for closing the park’s pool the last two summers, something officials said had to be done because of required costly renovations. Further criticism came when the town announced the pool would not be replaced, and some residents accused the town of not including the community in the park planning, a charge officials deny.

Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer said the town will soon request bids for the construction of the spray park and hopes to finish the park and a playground by July 4.
He said some plantings had been done in the botanical gardens but that the gardens, as well as the conservatory, would not be completed until 2013.

The town has authorized $6 million in bonds for the park’s redevelopment. The town had paid Sidney B. Bowne & Son $50,800 for other work on the park.

It also paid the company $55,000 for work on a planned transit facility in downtown Wyandanch and $1.6 million for work on the sewer line being built from the ashfill to the downtown.

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