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Monday, November 24, 2014
Olia Dwan and Frank Ayala of Jetblue helped with the construction of Landgraf Park.
It took a village to build Landgraf Park
Donovan Berthoud/Herald
Chris Horvath of Island Park instructed a team of volunteers.

Over 200 volunteers from Island Park, KaBOOM!, American Express, and JetBlue helped to bring Landgraf Park, located at 184 Waterford Road, to life on August 1. Mayor Michael McGinty, Deputy Mayor Stephen D’Esposito, and village trustee Joseph Annarella worked side by side with volunteers all day mixing cement, installing chain link fence, and spreading mulch.

Community organizers, village clerk Constance Conroy and Columbia Ciccimarro, oversaw various committees. The hard work of all the community volunteers paid off when the sparkling new park was finished and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 2:30.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Tony Santino, who donated Dumpsters, garbage boxes, and the bandstand for the day, joined the crew. Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford and State Senator Dean Skelos were also on hand.

“The involvement of the entire community was truly terrific,” said Anthony D’ Esposito, Island Park’s public information officer “The children and their parents were involved in every aspect of this project, including the actual design of the playground.”

The park officially opened on August 4 at 5 p.m.

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