Santino, King Sweeney, Ford and Point Lookout Civic Association Replace Sandy-Damaged Playground With New Play Structure

Against the backdrop of youngsters scampering and the sounds of joyful play, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, County Legislator Denise Ford, Point Lookout Park Project President Robin Amato and Point Lookout Civic Association President Matt Brennan cut the ribbon on a state-of-the-art playground at Point Lookout Civic Park in Point Lookout. The previous playground, which had been damaged beyond repair by Superstorm Sandy, has been replaced with two new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant play structures that were unveiled to the delight of dozens of young children and parents. Also present at the event was Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin.

“We are happy that Point Lookout children now have a state-of-the-art playground to replace the play structures that were damaged in Hurricane Sandy,” said Supervisor Santino. “The local civic association, town officials and Nassau County all partnered to build a facility that will help create hours of fun and fond memories for our children.”

The new play structures were produced by Woodstock Construction Group of Bayville. Eleven play stations feature rock walls, swings, seesaws, monkey bars, jungle gyms, interactive activity centers and more. The equipment costs totaled $83,000, and the play stations are separated into two age appropriate areas: a small one for toddlers and a larger one for older children. Additionally, the playground safety surface is Fibar. Instead of average mulch or woodchips, Fibar is made from fresh, virgin wood; offering a spongy, shock-absorbing landing surface for children. Entrance ramps provide fully-accessible entry into the playground, for parents and children alike. Also, a vinyl covered chain-link fence is installed around the perimeter of the playground, adjacent to a new stockade fence designed to prevent the accumulation of blowing beach sand.

The previous playground at Point Lookout Civic Park has been dismantled and removed. However, those accustomed to the old playground may see a familiar piece of equipment or two. Two rock climbing play structures were retained from the existing playground and are being used in conjunction with the new one. The playground is a beautiful addition to the park, complementing the pristine baseball and softball fields, making a Little League game into a safe, fun family outing.

“It makes me proud to see this community get the renovated playground it deserved after the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy,” commented Councilwoman King Sweeney. Councilman D’Esposito added, “The playground is a breath of fresh air for a community that sincerely deserves it.”

The project came to its fruition after the Point Lookout Park Project raised over $100,000 for new park equipment after a cornerstone donation from the Point Lookout Civic Association. When it came time for installation, the town procured a community revitalization grant from Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford. Together, town and county launched a joint venture with the residents of Point Lookout, represented by Project President Robin Amato and Civic Association President Matthew Brennan.  The total cost for the project is approximately $200,000, which covered the playground equipment, new walkways, attractive benches, ramps, safety surfacing, and fencing.

“I am happy to join with the Point Lookout Community to secure additional funding for the renovation of this Park, which will provide great outdoor activity for our children,” said Legislator Ford. Her passion and excitement was echoed by Matt Brennan, who noted, “The project was a result of a collaborative effort between the residents of Point Lookout, the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County. After Hurricane Sandy, our community took the initiative to begin the process of designing and raising funds for this project.”

“These new playground structures are all about the joys of youth,” concluded Supervisor Santino. “I want to thank County Legislator Denise Ford, the Point Lookout Civic Association and the Point Lookout Park Project for partnering with the town to make Point Lookout Civic Park a better, more enjoyable place for children and families.”