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Benjamin Rush Park improvements almost complete

  • A day at the park: Improvements to Benjamin Rush State Park, at Southampton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard, include new roads and benches, hiking and biking trails and a community garden. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

  • A day at the park: Improvements to Benjamin Rush State Park, at Southampton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard, include new roads and benches, hiking and biking trails and a community garden. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

  • A day at the park: Improvements to Benjamin Rush State Park, at Southampton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard, include new roads and benches, hiking and biking trails and a community garden. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

Im­prove­ments to Ben­jamin Rush State Park at Southamp­ton Road and the Boulevard are al­most com­plete.

Just a few small jobs need to be done to put Rush, the city’s only state park, at 100 per­cent be­fore a rib­bon-cut­ting ce­re­mony can be held. 

But that’s only a form­al­ity. 

The hik­ing and bik­ing trails are in use; the com­munity garden that was part of the park be­fore work began had a pro­duct­ive sea­son; and the ra­dio-con­trolled mod­el air­plane club mem­bers are fly­ing.

Up­grades to Rush’s 275 pre­vi­ously un­der­used or fal­low acres in­clude the walk­ing and bik­ing trails, a new en­trance on Southamp­ton Road, a paved road that winds through the park and a com­fort sta­tion. Battered old Burl­ing Av­en­ue, which used to cut through Rush, is gone.

One of the last de­tails to be ad­dressed is get­ting the com­fort sta­tion func­tion­ing. ••

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