Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson announce improvements that are coming soon to Thomas Park in Locust Valley. Thanks to the generosity of the Locust Valley Rotary Club, a new gazebo will be constructed to replace the previous gazebo destroyed during Tropical Storm Isaias. The gazebo had long played host to numerous functions held at Thomas Park, and had been greatly missed by residents. Additionally, the Matinecock Neighborhood Association recently donated a giant spruce tree to be planted in the park as well.
“Thomas Park is such a beautiful site in the center of Locust Valley and we’re thrilled that the Rotary Club has taken on this project as a way of giving back to the community,” said Supervisor Saladino. “A new beautiful gazebo, along with plantings and a giant spruce tree donated made by the Matinecock Neighborhood Association, will bring joy back to the park.”
Weather permitting, the new gazebo is scheduled to be completed this summer. The total cost of the gazebo donation amounts to $56,795, the entirety of which will be covered by the Locust Valley Rotary Club. The spruce tree will be planted in Thomas Park adjacent to the new gazebo. The spruce tree will add to the beautification of the community and the well-being of residents. The cost of the spruce tree donation amounts to $400, the entirety of which was funded by the Matinecock Neighborhood Association.
“Thomas Park is enjoyed as a gathering place for many residents and organizations in our neighborhood and these new amenities will only enhance its community appeal,” said Councilwoman Johnson. “On behalf of the Town Board, I thank the Locust Valley Rotary Club and the Matinecock Neighborhood Association, along with their presidents, Kathleen Ray Smith and Kaye Weninger, for these charitable donations.”