Supervisor Don Clavin invited residents to “swing into summer” as he announced the re-opening of Town of Hempstead playgrounds, which was effective Saturday June 13th – in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supervisor shared the good news 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 hempsteadtownny.gov/facilities/parks, while pools can be viewed at hempsteadtownny.gov/facilities/beaches-and-pools/outdoor-pools.
“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.”