Written by Ron Scaglia Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
For the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck the area, a portion of Burns Park has been reopened.
The park, situated on the coastline, was one of the hardest hit parks in the Town of Oyster Bay. In the aftermath of the storm, it was submerged under eight feet of water. About 11 weeks after the storm hit the area, the walking track, bicycle track and basketball courts have been reopened.
According to Marta Kane, spokesperson for the Town of Oyster Bay, full power has not been restored to the park as of yet, so the park is being illuminated by temporary lighting. The park will be open from dawn until 9 p.m. daily, but the fields and community centers remain closed until further notice. Some parents have expressed concern that the fields will not be opened in time for the beginning of the spring sports season.
“We’re testing all the fields,” said Kane. “There’s a discussion as to whether to repair or replace the fields. There’s been testing as recently as this week to see how secure the turf is. Our intention is to open for the spring season.”
Kane added that the south shore was hit particularly hard, and so Burns Park and Tobay Beach are the two most devastated facilities within the town. Tobay remains closed. Kane said that it is hoped that the beach will be reopened by the summer. She also added that town officials are hoping to be reimbursed by FEMA for the cost of the repairs.