Northeast Times

Rush State Park to get improvements

Something’s fi­nally go­ing to hap­pen at Ben­jamin Rush State Park at Southamp­ton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard.

There has been talk of im­prov­ing Rush for years, and it looks like the long-awaited up­grade is go­ing to get un­der way soon. To mark that start, there will be a ground­break­ing ce­re­mony on Monday at 11 a.m. Zon­ing is­sues had hung up im­prove­ment plans for years, and after they were sor­ted out, money, or lack of it, got in the way.

In late 2010, loc­al and state of­fi­cials an­nounced that the money was in hand to get the work star­ted, but 2011 and most of 2012 went by with noth­ing hap­pen­ing. Early this year, mem­bers of the Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation said they were in­formed work at the park will be com­pleted in 2013.

In 2009, state of­fi­cials presen­ted a plan to de­vel­op Rush’s 275 acres as a pass­ive re­cre­ation area. The park had been used by com­munity garden­ers, a mod­el air­plane club and horse­back riders, and had re­mained un­developed for dec­ades.

When work is com­plete, Rush, will have a new en­trance from Southamp­ton Road, a com­fort sta­tion, sew­er and wa­ter con­nec­tions, un­paved paths for bik­ing and walk­ing, and park­ing spaces made of por­ous as­phalt to man­age storm wa­ter. ••

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