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POLL: What To Do With Allen Park?

The Town is acquiring land to expand the Farmingdale park built next to a Superfund site. What should be built there?

The wants to buy two properties for the proposed expansion of , the controversial Farmingdale recreation area that is partially located on a

have been floated for the expansion after decades of environmental cleanup, first by the EPA then by the Town. Town officials claim the Farmingdale area of Oyster Bay is underserved by recreational centers.

Take our poll: What would you like to see put there? Are you willing to pay for it?

Kerry March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Add Basketball courts!!!
Rose Larsen March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I would like an outdoor pool that can be converted to a rink in the winter.....
Robert G. Schaffrath March 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM
More open space would be nice. The Farmingdale area is heavily built up and really needs more open space. I go to the Allen Park quite often with my young niece who lives in South Farmingdale and it is often quite crowded. The indoor pool is a nice idea except it would restrict use of the space to only that purpose. With open space, the land can be much better utilized by the populace as a whole. The pool would carry added restrictions for admittance as well as raise taxes to support the facility.
James J. Stefanich March 30, 2012 at 03:42 PM
During Tuesday's Town Board hearing, the full development plan for Allen Park was on display. There have been numerous community meetings and outreach to gather public input. The current plan incorporates the best and most practical suggestions that have been gather regarding the park's future.
Tanii C. March 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I would like to see a community area i.e. something like a YMCA with sports as well as NON sports related activities and family/young child enrichment activities available on SATURDAYS, because parents that work outside the home would like to utilize programs/space as as well.
Tess March 30, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I have no idea..........believe it or not - I have never been to Allen Park - therefore I cant comment or add my thoughts.
Tess March 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I do have idea though, why not keep the property and make a community Farm like the ones that are becoming popular in some areas of Long Island. Let families who want to buy a share and people working the veggie farm... so we can keep open land and families can work the farm and eat fresh, organic vegetables .....
Helen March 30, 2012 at 11:56 PM
@James - is there any way that the information pertaining to Allen Park be "displayed" here, on Patch so we can all circle 'round and see for ourselves?
emelin March 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I think it would be great too add more basketball hoops and a new indoor pool one for older kidr like 7 to 10 years old(bigger pool) and 3 to 6 years old(smaller pool)
Mel April 01, 2012 at 03:49 PM
An outdoor pool would be a welcome addition to Allen Park.An indoor pool would be more expensive and would limit casual use as the Farmingdale Swim Team might possibly dominate use during practice time.A heated pool would even be a better idea as it would extend the season.Also a community center also would be great with rent-able party space to rent for families that need party catering space.
Mel April 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Also activity programs for senior citizens.Basketball courts for the younger people would be nice.
Ana Leone April 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
We need a outdoor and indoor pool.
js April 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
build a town hall annex
Cosmo April 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
You can not put a farm on the site, it is a former toxic waste site. This is why a pool is not practical, who knows what is under the ground. I know it was cleaned up, but I would not want my children swimming there.
Rosemarie Stauber April 04, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Thanks for your comment,Cosmo - finally someone understands that while a pool is a fun idea, it is not a safe one - not for ourselves, nor our kids. A pool on the site of a former toxic waste dump, no matter how much the TOB has cleaned it up, is just a waste of our tax dollars. If people want another town pool - build it on non-contaminated ground. Try a community center, like something run by an established and experienced organization - I'm told that the YMCA is interested in getting involved at the Allen Park site.

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