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Park Amphitheater

This project has attracted attention from around the region and engendered a loyal following among local residents. Public response to this innovative re-use of a former landfill has been nothing short of overwhelming, averaging over 6,000 visitors per month. The Town of Hempstead has responded by instituting a regular jitney service, manned by park rangers, to ferry residents from one scenic vantage point to another. The unique windmill-powered pond system atop the plateau has become an instant icon, and the world-class fishing pier—unique in scale and workmanship—is a central attraction for convenience and scenic setting.

LKB applied its seamless interdisciplinary expertise in civil/environmental engineering, hydrogeology, ecology, landscape architecture, construction administration, and surveying to develop an innovative design which transformed a potential eyesore into a community treasure and saved the Town of Hempstead more than $42M over conventional landfill closure techniques while still satisfying all NYSDEC regulations.

Project Features:

  • capping the uppermost 8 acres of the 45-acre site and allowing the existing steep vegetated slopes and adjacent stream to remain in their natural state;
  • minimizing disturbance of slopes, thus avoiding excavation of waste and sediment damage to the adjacent stream and wetlands;
  • three miles of hiking trails (many of which are handicapped-accessible) with beautiful panoramic views from Jones Beach Theater to the Manhattan skyline as well as the surrounding bays and intertidal wetlands;
  • 2-acre restored tidal wetland;
  • 18 exercise stations;
  • two rainwater ponds aerated by a windmill;
  • 500-foot Cumaru fishing pier;
  • amphitheater for educational presentations;
  • plantings of indigenous species;
  • kayak-launching ramp;
  • informational signs explaining site ecology;
  • recycled materials used for paving and construction; and
  • composting toilets.
 


Location
Merrick, NY

Client
Town of Hempstead Department of Sanitation

Project Term
1994-2001

Construction Cost
$11M

Services
Aerial Mapping
Base Mapping
Bid Analysis
Topographic, Utilities & Design Survey
Budgeting & Cost Control
Construction Inspection
Design Quality Control
Drainage Design
Environmental Permitting & Reporting
Health & Safety Plans
Hydrogeologic Investigations
Land Reclamation
Landfill Capping & Closure
Landfill Post-Closure Monitoring
Lighting Systems Design
Power Distribution
QA/QC Reports & Plans
Remediation/End Use Development
Resident Engineering
Revitalization & Beautification
Seismic Studies
Stormwater Control Plans
Waterfront Structures Design
Wetlands Restoration

Awards
New York State Society of Professional Engineers 2002 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award • ASCE Nassau County Chapter 2001 Quality of Life Award

 
     
 
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