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Editorial: Too Late for Meeting Notice, But Subject Worth Knowing About

An advisory arrived for a Town of Oyster Bay meeting with the LIRR and the Department of Transportation on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Community Center - but it came on March 15, too late to get the word out with this issue being published March 22. Community groups had already known about the meeting.

It is about relocating the pedestrian entrance to Theodore Roosevelt Park at the end of Maxwell Avenue and moving it to the north end of Audrey Avenue at what is expected to become a railroad plaza in front of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum.

It is viewed by advocates as a link between the downtown area and the park. The final decision on the feasibility of the move will be decided by the NYS Department of Transportation based on safety. 

In previous Pilot stories about the change of location of the pedestrian crossing into the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, the LIRR Oyster Bay branch manager expressed concerns over whether moving the crossing would make it difficult for a train to stop in time, if they saw someone crossing the tracks due to the station house building obstructing the view.

At the March 22 Oyster Bay Civic Association (OBCA) meeting a resident commented that she stood at the crossing for several minutes waiting to cross but her passage was blocked by a train standing at the station. As a result, she walked to the Larrabee Avenue entrance to the park.

At the January OBCA installation meeting, Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone stated that, “The town of Oyster Bay had money for a rainy day. The rainy day came. We have no money for more projects.”

The Town of Oyster Bay is considering moving the entrance to TR Park as part of their park renovations, based on the decisions of the LIRR and the Department of Transportation. If that decision is favorable, the town will seek the finances for the change of location for the entrance from several possible sources. The work on TR Park was done using capital project funds. A town spokesperson said the funds to move the crossing will come from the Parks Capital budget.

At the civic meeting, members of the group only had praise for what the town has done for the park, including the new decorative streetlamps that have been put in near the new playing fields. Last weekend, a girls soccer game was going on at the field at around 3 p.m. The Western Waterfront had a good many people walking along the paths and enjoying the beautiful public areas.                     

- DFK