Beginning of the first phase of the North Hempstead Beach Park project

The Town of North Hempstead is about to begin the first phase of the Beach Park project with shoreline restoration. Supervisor Judi Bosworth, ahead of her departure from office in early 2022, and the City Council announced the first phase of the renovation of North Hempstead Beach Park. New York State Senator Anna Kaplan is working with the City of North Hempstead to secure funding for this part of the project.

With the help of New York State Senator Kaplan, the city will receive $1,050,000 in grants for the first phase of the project. Supervisor Bosworth acknowledged the generous grant Senator Kaplan received and said, “I want to sincerely thank Senator Kaplan for providing significant funding to support the first phase of this extraordinary project.” Phase 1 shoreline restoration will restore aquatic habitat that has been lost and strengthen the environment to protect against erosion in the future.

“After many years of visioning, public participation, planning and design, we are extremely proud to announce that the first phase of the North Hempstead Beach Park renovation project is in the permitting phase, as we work to transform this space into a destination for residents to learn, live and play for generations to come,” said Supervisor Bosworth. Once permits are approved, the city’s public works department will work with consulting engineers, Savik and Murray, to finalize the plans for tender.

According to the final presentation of the advisory committee that took place in January 2019, the shoreline restoration that will take place in the first phase will use riprap to preserve the shorelines. Riprap is an artificial structure made up of rocks that are built to protect shorelines from erosion. The use of riprap not only limits the erosion of the banks, but it is also a very natural looking solution to maintain the aesthetics of the park. The presentation also includes the use of tidal marsh areas along the edge of the riprap. Tidal wetlands are flat areas where vegetation, which survives regular flooding by tides, grows. The addition of tidal wetlands provides the necessary wildlife habitat and shoreline preservation that phase one will focus on. The first phase is just the beginning of the major plans the Town of North Hempstead has drawn up for the renovation of Beach Park. For two years, the city received feedback from the public about what they want to see at the new Beach Park, during which the city created a plan.

“The cumulative vision for the entire renovation project is truly transformative, with features such as a year-round beer garden and cafe, live performance stage, seasonal ice rink, toboggan run, volleyball, horseshoes, bocce court, table tennis, football and baseball court, climbing wall, BMX bike path, game tables, swings, pickle ball courts,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “As well as the conversion of eight acres of parking, which includes 675 parking spaces, into green spaces.”

In the detailed presentation of the Beach Park renovation, the year-round restaurant will be on the coast and will have a cozy foyer. Other amenities mentioned in the presentation include a fitness area for adults, kayak storage, and a water play area for kids. A waterside esplanade that provides a cycle path, walkway and shared seating for visitors is to be built along the shore of Hempstead Harbour. The presentation of the plans indicates that the shared path for pedestrian and bicycle use will be 16 feet and create a 5K loop along the edge of the park.

“Families have been creating treasured memories at North Hempstead Beach Park for generations, but now is the time to invest in the future and create the kind of new amenities that our neighbors will enjoy for generations to come,” said Senator Kaplan. With many upcoming provisions at Beach Park, the space will continue to be a destination for family and friends looking for entertainment.

“When Supervisor Bosworth shared with me the community’s vision for the future and asked for help in funding the transformation of the park, I was delighted to support the effort by securing a $1,050,000 grant. $ from New York State so that our community can have the beautiful and vibrant park they deserve,” said Senator Kaplan. “I applaud Supervisor Bosworth and all community members who have come together during the visioning process for this transformative project and I look forward to continuing to support the effort until its completion.”

The Beach Park Renovation Vision contains many updates that will transform the park into a place for people of all ages. To view design ideas for the renovated North Hempstead Beach Park, www.northhempsteadny.gov/nhbpvisioning

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