The City of Glen Cove is home to acres upon acres of beautiful parks, beaches and a public golf course. In an effort to continue to upgrade and improve local park facilities and extend the recreational activities offered at each location, Mayor Reggie Spinello and Darcy Belyea, director of Glen Cove Parks & Recreation, are undertaking a “Refresh Our Parks” initiative to enhance the facilities and recreational offerings at the city’s parks.
“We are fortunate to have such an outstanding array of recreational facilities for our residents,” said Spinello. “As time goes by, play areas get weathered and we need to restore, revitalize and renovate our facilities to bring refreshing changes for residents of all ages to enjoy.”
At the popular Stanco Park located by the Glen Cove golf course, new fencing, nets and a surface are being installed at the tennis courts, the park’s playground surface repairs were made to well-worn areas and plans are in motion to build a pickle ball court and two bocce ball courts. In addition, the handball and basketball courts will receive new fencing and there will be new backboards, rims and nets for hoopsters. The cost of these renovations is approximately $125,000 and that investment was part of the Parks & Recreation Department’s 2016 capital improvement plan.
Complementing the work at Stanco Park, the city and community groups have also made a concerted effort to enhance the landscaping and activities at Big Ralph Park off Kelly Street, Dennis Brian Murray Park on Leech Circle South and Pryibil Beach, off East Beach Road.
Dog lovers rejoiced with the news that Mayor Spinello had announced plans to open a new dog park at Dennis Brian Murray Park in the coming weeks. The dog park will feature a gated leash-off entry area with a 150’ by 100’ fenced-in open space for large dogs and a separate 100’ by 50’ area for small dogs. Also, a new water fountain will be installed and the park’s children’s playground will be fenced in. The park is also home to Glen Cove’s Christmas Tree Farm where trees grown at the farm will be used for future city Christmas tree celebrations in downtown Glen Cove.
At Big Ralph Park, residents enjoy participating in the Glen Cove Community Garden and the Youth Bureau Community Garden and the park recently underwent further restoration with improvements to the park’s gardenscapes and a volunteer cleanup sponsored by Avalon Bay Community staff members
Across town at Pryibil Beach, Northwell Health’s Glen Cove Hospital recently donated a new $45,000 playground to the beach’s park facilities. Featuring climbing walls, slides and jungle gym activities, this new children’s activity expands the beach’s offerings, which also include a fishing pier, basketball court and swing set. The new playground is also handicap accessible.
For Morgan Memorial Park, a two-phased renovation will focus on restoring the park’s lower restrooms (e.g., interior and exterior.) while ensuring the work meets the facility’s architectural standards to maintain the integrity of the building.
“The ‘Refresh Our Parks’ program will be an ongoing effort as each year we will pinpoint opportunities to restore and update our facilities to meet the needs of the Glen Cove community,” said Belyea. “We welcome new ideas and suggestions from our residents as our parks strengthen our city’s quality of life and enjoyment.”