The Village of Patchogue’s Parks Department’s summer concert series is currently under review waiting some sort of guidance from the state. However, Mayor Paul Pontieri took a minute to describe what the free summer weekend series could look like this year.
He imagines something with social distancing and masks in place, “We have got to give the community something,” he added awaiting Gov. Cuomo’s guidance. “We will have some sort of concerts, some way.”
The ultimate hope, he added, is allowing the parks to be open and possibly playgrounds with limitations so that some sort of summer in Patchogue Village can be had.
“We want to give our residents some sort of normalcy,” he added. “However, we are able to do it but it is really frustrating.”
The push for summer fun comes after the announcement to officially keep the Patchogue public pool closed for the season. According to Trustee Joseph Keyes, the village officials had plans in place to reopen but due to CDC and NYS guidance it was next to impossible to do so.
“Our hearts are broken but it is basically impossible to pull off,” he said adding that the safety of their residents is top priority. “Our main concern is the health of our residents and it’s not something you want to push.”