At the last Village of Patchogue board meeting, the trustees approved a resolution allowing the Shorefront Park shoreline project to go out to BID. The resolution also authorized the Village of Patchogue to fund its portion of the cost of the project, as described in the application, in an amount not to exceed the value of $650,000.00, and that the funds and/or in-kind match will be available.
During the May trustees meeting, mayor Paul Pontieri said that the project is expected to start after Labor Day. In 2018, a $2.189 million New York Department of State Division of Coastal Resources grant was awarded for the project. The village was also awarded a total of $314,640 from New York State for the parks’ portion of the project, including walkways, benches, and a kayak launch, as well as $45,000 and $30,000 from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for habitat restoration and to expand the village’s wastewater treatment plant. The grants were planned to supplement and match the $5 million anonymous donation made back in 2015 for park restoration, allowing the project to be at no cost to the taxpayer.
The entire project, in 2018, was estimated to cost about $4 million, including the over $200,000 granted for engineering costs for the design in 2017. However, the costs, Pontieri said, have been steadily increasing from about $6 to $7 million over project’s approximately six-year duration for which the project has been proposed. The project, he said, will be reevaluated to see what can be done, and hopefully still include the boardwalk and bulkhead. He is hopeful that the state will contribute the remaining funds needed to make the project happen in its entirety, he said.
Also, during the July meeting, trustee Joseph Keyes announced the start of the Bay Avenue soccer field in the amount of about $98,000, plus fence costs. The project is expected to be completed this fall. Once installed, the fields will be used primarily for organized leagues with available time for free play, said parks director Maria Giustizia. However, the cost of the fields will require accountability.
According to Keyes, the single field will be a miniature-sized soccer field, to both fit the area available behind the Parks and Recreation Building at 380 Bay Avenue and allow for the right size for youth soccer. It will be grass, outfitted with nets, with level ground and proper lining.
Additionally, Keyes discussed possible opportunities to transform the basketball courts at Bay Avenue into all-purpose courts. If done, the courts would be able to be used for hockey and lacrosse. The idea, however, is only conversational at this point.
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