Supervisor Don Clavin invited residents to “swing into summer” as he announced the re-opening of Town of Hempstead playgrounds – effective this Saturday – in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supervisor shared the good news today at Newbridge Road Park playground in Bellmore, joined by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Christopher Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray, Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll and a group of neighborhood children who enjoyed the first playground slides of the summer season.
Supervisor Clavin also reported that Town of Hempstead pools will re-open on July 3rd, just in time for our nation’s independence celebration. The decision on whether or not to re-open playgrounds and pools was recently given to local municipalities by New York State, and town officials maintain that all facilities will operate in accordance with the governor’s public health directives, including enhanced sanitizing of equipment and social distancing reminders. Indeed, the town safely and successfully opened town beaches following state guidelines, and will implement similar policies and safeguards for playgrounds and pools.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our social interaction, recreational activities and entire way of life, particularly for our community’s youth,” stated Supervisor Clavin. “We want people to be safe, but we also understand the need for our young people to get out of the house and restore some normalcy in their lives. We encourage all our residents to come celebrate summer in America’s largest township at one of our many playgrounds and pools.”
The Town of Hempstead is home to 120 municipal playgrounds and over 20 pools. A listing of playgrounds can be found on the town website at hempsteadny.gov/facilities/parks, while pools can be viewed at hempsteadny.gov/facilities/beaches-and-pools/outdoor-pools.
“The re-opening of town playgrounds and pools is a testament to our community’s resiliency in facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. Added Councilman Blakeman, “Today is a great day for the Town of Hempstead, as our community is seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.”
“Town of Hempstead playgrounds and pools are a large part of our community’s quality of life, and we are excited to re-open these facilities for our residents,” said Councilman D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dunne, “The health and safety of our residents is the top priority of the entire Hempstead Town Board, and we are committed to that goal as we open these sites to the public.”
“As a lifelong resident, I cannot imagine summer in the Town of Hempstead without pools, playgrounds, beaches and everything that goes with it,” said Councilman Muscarella. Added Councilman Carini, “I am proud to join Supervisor Clavin and my colleagues on the Hempstead Town Council in giving our residents some needed relief as we begin to recover from the impact of COVID-19.”
Under the leadership of Supervisor Clavin, the Town of Hempstead has provided financial aid, personal protective equipment and enacted legislation to assist hospitals, essential workers, business owners and residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The town also succeeded in requesting that the governor allow safe, socially distant outdoor dining for restaurants and graduation ceremonies for local students. Supervisor Clavin and the Town Board also called on the governor to permit youth sports.
“By working together and being responsible, we can all enjoy Town of Hempstead playgrounds and pools while protecting one another,” concluded Supervisor Clavin. “We are confident that we can continue to provide the great summer experience that our residents have come to enjoy in America’s largest township.”