City of Glen Cove Seeks Public Input to Improve Waterfront Recreational Facilities

Survey Asks Residents to Share their Ideas for Recreation Improvements

Glen Cove, NY, September 21, 2017…The City of Glen Cove is asking residents for their ideas and feedback as it considers improvements to John Maccarone Memorial (City) Stadium, a valuable recreational resource located on the south side of Glen Cove Creek. With the support of funds provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund, the city is planning ways to improve the existing stadium and park, as well as the adjacent site of the former incinerator and compost area on Morris Avenue, both of which have been or are being decommissioned. Making such improvements will allow for more outdoor and indoor recreational opportunities and, at the same time, make it easier for people to park around the grounds.

The Glen Cove Recreation Commission and the Glen Cove Community Development Agency have been working closely with the Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Department and the consultant team, spearheaded by lead contractor Nelson & Pope, to devise a plan that would tie the proposed new waterside recreational amenities to the existing 19 acre John Maccarone Memorial (City) Stadium complex.  “This is an exciting opportunity to improve Glen Cove’s recreational facilities and we are grateful to New York State for providing our city with a grant that will help us realize a dynamic vision for our children and their families,” said Mayor Reggie Spinello.  “Critical to our success is hearing all of the great ideas our residents have to improve our current recreational offerings, create new facilities and recalibrate former industrial sites into Glen Cove’s very own field of dreams.”

“We have already received some thoughtful recommendations from our community outreach efforts during the summer,” said Darcy Belyea, Parks & Recreation Director.  “Over 150 people reviewed our draft plans and gave us many smart suggestions that complement our existing facilities and programs while also offering concepts that can take our recreational offerings to the next level; and we want more ideas.”

There are two new opportunities for the public to provide their input on various draft concepts:

  • There is an electronic, online survey for anyone to participate in at any time, available at surveymonkey.com/r/glencovecreek. It will take ten minutes to fill out, as the survey asks for reactions to existing conditions, short-term (i.e., current sites) and potential long-term improvements. The survey allows participants to download enlarged maps to better view specific elements of the proposals.
  • On Thursday, October 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the city will sponsor an Open House at City Hall, allowing residents to view large-scale versions of plans, speak to project personnel, and offer comments and suggestions.

“The health, wellness and vitality of a community are often times dependent on the recreational activities and facilities available right in your hometown,” adds Ann Fangmann, AICP, Executive Director, Glen Cove Community Development Agency. “As representatives of the community our success on this Waterfront Recreational project is dependent on meeting our residents’ needs and making their ideas a reality so I encourage everyone to take our survey and attend the October Open House.”