Krista McNallyOct 10, 2017, 6:51 pmOct 10, 2017, 6:56 pm

Once-contaminated site to be used to double Ellsworth Allen Park's size

What's in store for the Farmingdale development project

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FARMINGDALE — The Ellsworth Allen Park in Farmingdale is getting a major facelift and expansion.

"When the development is complete Allen Park will more than double in size and will be the pride of our community," Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino said.

The park is expanding onto the former Liberty Industrial and Finishing Superfund Site on land that was once full of contamination but is now clean and ready to be built on.

"Plans for the park include the construction of three ball fields, including a 90-foot baseball field, a softball field and a tee ball field," Town Councilman Louis Imbroto said.

There will also be a multi-purpose field and a walking path.

Though the $8 to $9 million project is going to be funded by taxpayers, the town says they are efforting every federal, state and local grant possible for the project to lessen the burden on taxpayers.

Maureen Zipper, a Farmingdale resident for over a half a century, says the project is long overdue.

"I would love a place to walk. I have lived here over 50 years and I really don't enjoy going through the parking fields for the sports and everything, I would like my own path,” Zipper said.

The Ellsworth Allen Park expansion is slated to be complete within the next two years.

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