Asian Garden Proposed for Port Washington

Port Washington Parks Conservancy partnering with North Hempstead in effort.

Plans are underway for a proposed Asian garden in Blumenfeld Family Park in Port Washington.

A gift from the Port Washington Parks Conservancy for the garden's design drawings was accepted by the North Hempstead Town Board at its Jan. 8 meeting.

The proposed garden is to feature plantings and Asian theme, which will include paths and bridges, according to the town. Also proposed: a usable teahouse.

The Port Washington Parks Conservancy was founded by concerned citizens of Port Washington. The not-for-profit group secured nearly $1 million in funding from Nassau County Environmental Bond Act, New York State Environmental Protection Fund, the town and private donations to complete the restoration of Stannards Brook Park.

The Parks Conservancy hosted a grand opening celebration in May 2012 for the newly restored park boasting three newly-constructed foot bridges, Adirondack style entrance ways, benches, and new native plantings alongside the brook and pathways.

Funding for the Asian garden will include Environmental Protection Agency grants but will mostly come from private sector financing, Conservancy officials said.

 “It’s an opportunity for the town to partner with a private group to beautify its parks and to create a garden that celebrates the cultural diversity of North Hempstead and recognizes the growing Asian population in North Hempstead and particularly in Port Washington,” said Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio.

Editor's note: This article was updated to reflect new information from the town that the gift received by the town was the design drawings, not plantings.

Local Resident January 24, 2013 at 02:17 PM
So on the northeast corner of the park, closer to Main Street?
Kyrnan Harvey January 24, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Who created the design? Who will perform installation?
robert cohan January 24, 2013 at 06:23 PM
how about creating a dog run which is really just putting up a fence to enclose a certain part of the park. every other house in port has a dog or 2 so I would think someone would create a dog park somewhere in this town. I would even volunteer to maintain it daily.
Sean Hassett January 25, 2013 at 05:44 AM
There's a patch of vacant ground opposite Stop&Shop between the road and the water that might work as a dog run.
Port Washington Parks Conservancy January 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM
The design was done by RGR Landscape, an internationally known landscape architect firm. The senior designer is Sid Burke. He designed the improvements we implemented at Stannards Brook Park over the past few years. He has also designed parks in Tarrytown, Brooklyn Bridge park and others. Since we are at the beginning stages of fundraising we have not contracted construction company. We will work along with the Town of North Hempstead every step of the way.


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