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Letters: Islanders welcome at Cantiague

Cantiague Park Ice Rink and Pool Complex in

Cantiague Park Ice Rink and Pool Complex in Hicksville can be seen in this photo from Jan. 15, 2010. The New York Islanders will build a new team practice facility at Cantiague Park. Credit: Newsday / Photo by Danielle Finkelstein

Newsday's editorial "Review pact with Islanders" [July 9] ignores the fact that Cantiague Park served as home to the New York Islanders' practice facility from 1979 to 1992, and has hosted a pro shop in the park since 2012.

If it was lawful under state parkland regulations for 23 years, how can Newsday criticize County Executive Edward Mangano's plan to bring the Islanders back to the same park?

After all, the facility will be open to the public and generate revenue for taxpayers while ensuring the team continues to have roots in Nassau County. Should anyone take the time to review this scenario, he or she will quickly realize that Mangano's plan is built on solid ice.

Russell Smith, Merrick

Newsday extends the political agenda of Supervisor Kate Murray and the Town of Hempstead zoning board with its editorial.

If you've never been to the Cantiague Park ice rink, you're in for a nostalgia rush from the 1960s. While recently renovated with new lighting and hockey boards, the rink lacks amenities and has been undercapitalized over the past 40 years. The plan by the Islanders and Nassau County to invest in the property is a boon to taxpayers, and the public will have a family destination that will enhance the community.

The Town of Huntington has two youth hockey leagues that play at the Dix Hills ice rink. The teams have contributed to improvements to the arena, and the Islanders run a team store at the facility, which is in a town park. The Town of Huntington invested in adding a second ice surface a few years back because of the demand.

Let's not lose the Islanders a second time because opponents to this deal cannot adapt to change.

Roger Leider, Oceanside