There is a new addition to the Flower Hill Park that greatly expands the recreational opportunities in the park. We have installed a major climbing and play apparatus suitable for children ages 5 to 12. The Explorer Dome is aptly named because it will allow our children to climb, slide, balance and swing all while using their imaginations and getting great exercise. The Dome was installed using a ground surface called Fibar, which consists of engineered wood fibers that knit together to form a safe playground surface that is soft enough to cushion falls yet firm enough for wheelchairs. Fibar is manufactured with only virgin wood and meets all safety standards. This great new piece of equipment expands the current recreational offerings of the park which includes a playground for children ages 2 – 5 and a regulation size basketball court.
At the Board of Trustees meeting on October 17, Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips appointed long-time resident Kate Hirsch to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee Karen Reichenbach who passed away six months ago. Ms. Hirsch, her husband and two children live in the Manhasset zip code of the Village but her children attend Port Washington Schools. As an attorney for 20 years, she has been a valuable member of the Village’s Ethics Board and is very involved in many other community endeavors including leading a Cub Scout troop!
Pictured left to right: Mayor Elaine Phillips, Trustee Kate Hirsch, Village Administrator Ronnie Shatzkamer
The Village has created a pedestrian path along the south side of Stonytown Road, from Manhasset Woods Road to Flower Hill Park. Mayor Elaine Phillip had observed that Stonytown Road is a very popular walking/jogging route but cars tend to speed on the road as it is fairly straight. The Village has tried many methods of slowing traffic down including speed signs and radar enforcement resulting in fines and penalties. By narrowing the road to create the path, Flower Hill has accomplished two things at once. They created a safe route for walkers and the narrowing of the traffic lanes forces cars to drive at a lower rate of speed. The lane is marked by a rumble strip that warns cars if they veer too far to the right as well as high visibility pavement marking symbols, increased path width, high visibility road signage and reflective markings making it very clear that the path is intended for pedestrians.