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A New Basketball Court for Flower Hill Park

Sen. Jack Martin cuts the ribbon on Flower Hill Park’s basketball court with (l-to-r) Village Arborist Ann Frankel, Highway Superintendent Scott Hislop, Trustee Karen Reichenbach, Charles Vachris, Trustee Gary Lewandowski, and Mayor Elaine Phillips.
Sen. Jack Martin cuts the ribbon on Flower Hill Park’s basketball court with (l-to-r) Village Arborist Ann Frankel, Highway Superintendent Scott Hislop, Trustee Karen Reichenbach, Charles Vachris, Trustee Gary Lewandowski, and Mayor Elaine Phillips.

Flower Hill Park has a new community basketball court, thanks to the efforts of Sen. Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and the Village of Flower Hill.

Located on Stonytown Road, the court and the rest of Flower Hill Park is open to all Nassau County residents.

Martins secured $50,000 in state funding to help the village pursue this community improvement project.

“Flower Hill Park is a gem for residents in the Village and the entire Port Washington Peninsula,” Martins said. “we’ve made an investment to enhance it even further. This new basketball court offers another service for residents visiting the park to enjoy.”

Thanking Martins and others who helped with the project,  Village of Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips said the the court  “will benefit the community for years to come."

The new basketball court is one of several enhancements the village is making to Flower Hill Park, a 6.3 acre park  Additional improvements under consideration include a handball court, adjacent to the basketball court, new paths leading to other areas of the park, picnic tables and benches, and new landscaping.

Village officials say the new basketball court is the only public-play court available for residents outside of the public schools. The court is named after Village resident and engineer Charles Vachris, who donated his time and services to create the engineering plans and work with the contractor and Nassau County to make this vision a reality.
PWgal July 07, 2014 at 02:41 PM
I think this is great for the town, but with the increased number of facilities in this area have they provided sufficient parking?
hank ratner July 07, 2014 at 03:43 PM
So now the children who live at Harbor Homes (Roberta Nixon) can play ball there. They can wait as they have for a few years now for the "promised" facilities to be built there.
portsince1967 July 08, 2014 at 02:18 PM
We didn't need it. No one asked the residents of Flower Hill...there wasn't a vote or notice at all! Flower Hill residents have their own basketball and backyard playgrounds and don't use it but have to maintain it. It's an eyesore (just like the " improved" village hall and water bldg next to court), more traffic on Stonytown. Another waste of money just like the playground that no one uses. The park was great untouched 10 years ago. This village used to run on a handful of employess. Now you think you are a big government with plushy offices and a courtroom better than Nassau County has. You're mucking it up with all of your "improvements". If you don't know how to spend our taxpayer thousands of dollars then lower our taxes.
Arguendo July 08, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Village taxes, and Martins blew away $50k in state tax revenue.
sadeto July 09, 2014 at 02:21 PM
portsince1967 I don't think you'll see more traffic because I don't think anyone will use it. It's not exactly convenient for area teenagers who want to play ball, who are much more likely to go to a school or Manorhaven Park to play. It will probably be underused and neglected. The residents of Flower Hill were just handed an ongoing maintenance problem.

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