From a newly renovated locker room at Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino announced that the town had completed upgrades to 36 bathrooms and 8 locker rooms at its parks and pools. This is the first major improvement to town recreation facilities in over 20 years and cost roughly $1.26 million.
When Santino dines out, he said, his first impressions of any given restaurant come from the condition and quality of the restrooms. He joined Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad on April 20, saying that the same idea could be applied to recreation facilities.
“This is where town tax dollars belong!” Santino said and explained that residents should feel comfortable when nature calls at a Little League game or during a trip to a public pool. D’Esposito agreed and said that it’s “great to see the township respect the taxpayer.”
Renovations include epoxy coating on floors and walls to prevent water damage, new partitions, L.E.D. lighting, which uses less energy than incandescent lights, fresh paint and replacement of all sinks, toilets, urinals, hand dryers and mirrors.
Ahmad said that the cleanliness of public restrooms is a primary concern she has as a mother and grandmother. She added that she didn’t want her residents to have a reason to worry when spending time outside with their children.
The following parks have undergone improvements and restorations: Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore, which has had additional upgrades to the exterior of Newbridge Ice Arena, Averill Boulevard Pool in Elmont, Harold Walker Park in Lakeview, Seamen’s Neck Park in Seaford, Rath Park in Franklin Square, which has also been equipped with waterless urinals, Echo Park in West Hempstead and all Levittown Pools.