Murray, Santino Cut Ribbon on Bay Park’s Restored Grand Canal

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Senior Councilman Anthony Santino marked the “changing of the tides” today in Bay Park as they celebrated the completion of a new state-of-the-art bulkhead along the full length of the Grand Canal, replacing its 60-year-old predecessor, and protecting against shoreline erosion caused by storms and tidal action. Joining Murray and Santino were town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, members of the Bay Park Civic Association, East Rockaway American Legion Post 958 and the Robert F. Garrison VFW Post No. 3350. Local clergy performed a “Blessing of the Fleet.”

The new bulkhead will help mitigate erosion along the estimated 3,000-foot canal, helping to protect area homes and other local properties. Complimenting the new bulkhead is a recently completed streetscape project along East and North Boulevards, which include new concrete, curbs, brick-pavers, Victorian lights and, at the beginning of the canal, two refurbished gatehouses and a new flagpole. What’s more, a timber guardrail has been erected along the canal on East and North Boulevards.

“This bulkheading and streetscaping project will greatly benefit Bay Parkers and other area residents, improving the quality of life for boaters, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians,” stated Murray. “At the same time, the new bulkhead will serve as a barrier between the Grand Canal and local homes, helping to keep residents and their properties safe.”

“This bulkhead was greatly needed along the Grand Canal, as the previous one was aging and had already undergone serious repairs,” added Santino. “I am proud to partner with Supervisor Kate Murray on this important project for Town of Hempstead residents.”

The bulkheading project began in Fall 2011, and was completed in Spring 2012. Ground was first broken on the streetscaping in Fall 2012, and was finished this past Spring. The combined cost was over $4 million.

“I would like to thank the Bay Park Civic Association and residents of Bay Park and East Rockaway for their patience and support as we worked to complete the bulkhead and improve the streets,” concluded Murray. “We encourage all residents to come down to the Grand Canal, with or without a boat, to enjoy all that Bay Park has to offer.”