Playground improvements set to slide into place

October 23, 2012 by  

Bugs and children do not usually form a combo that makes a parent smile but that may about to change for Deer Park families. Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced that the playground in nearby Belmont Lake State Park is about to get a facelift thanks to a New York Works project grant.

Ten playgrounds across Long Island have been targeted to receive a portion of a $1.35 million grant designated for the renovation of playgrounds. For Belmont Lake’s playground, this means installation of a new dragonfly seesaw and butterfly climbing structure, among other improvements.

Cuomo said:

“It is important that children have a safe and engaging place to play, and these NY Works projects will give them just that in State Parks across New York.”

In addition to the upgraded equipment, the playground will include features that make it accessible to people with disabilities and have discrete play areas appropriate for different age groups.

New York Assemblyman Bob Sweeney noted in his statement:

“There are few things better in life than a playground inside a park. A playground is a statement that speaks of how much we care about our children.”

In addition to serving children and families, the playground will create jobs during a time that tends to be traditionally slow for construction workers.

There is, of course, another community benefit to well-maintained parks and playgrounds – the value it adds in attracting new residents to an area, which is always a plus for the business community. From the corner deli to the local print company, business owners welcome a thriving housing market that insures robust neighborhoods.