If you haven’t made your way to Scudder Beach in Northport Village in a while, now is a good time to check out the recent upgrades and improvements. Last year, Eagle Scout Thomas Serra installed a “Big Chair” so that residents could sit in an oversized Adirondack and enjoy the view, and this week, Village Trustee Dave Weber and the Village Board unveiled a brand new playground. On Wednesday morning, when the equipment was introduced to the public, excited preschoolers jumped from the slide, to the seesaw and merry-go-round. This addition solidifies Scudder Beach as a hidden gem for local families.
As part of the American Rescue Plan, Mayor Damon McMullen secured close to $750,000 for capital projects in Northport Village, with one of them being improvements to Village playgrounds. “Last year, our Mayor worked hard with the office of Congressman Tom Suozzi to bring our fair share of federal funds to this Village,” said Trustee Dave Weber, who worked with Village Administrator Roland Buzard to make these improvements come to fruition.
The upgrades include a brand new playground at Scudder Beach, a new merry-go-round in Northport Harbor Park, and a new slide, seesaw and play area at Soper Park.
“We are also looking at installing a rubber or synthetic turf at the playground in Cow Harbor Park,” Weber added, an upgrade that would be part of the basketball court revitalization project and would be little to no cost to the Village.
At the playground unveiling, Trustee Weber noted that these new park upgrades give the youth of Northport a safe and reliable place to exercise and interact with others. “With the new park equipment and our future plans, families can know that a day in Northport will be a fun one,” he said.
Also in attendance at the Scudder Park election-season event were mayoral candidate Donna Koch, who is running against Trustee Dave Weber, and Meghan Dolan, one of three candidates running for the two available four-year Village trustee seats.