from The County Insider
Office of the Nassau County Manager
March 29, 2022

3/29/22 @ 9:15 a.m. – On Monday, March 28, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Westside Regional Park. This 107 acre property will serve as a regional destination delivering recreation, leisure, social interaction, and educational opportunities for the entire spectrum of the public. It’s overall conceptual plan and features were derived from community input which revealed that residents want a variety of recreational facilities and programs that include more than youth athletics. The data collected was used to create a conceptual plan which was shared with the public at a community meeting in March 2021 and formally adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in May 2021.

Yesterday’s event began with a welcome message by Vice-Chairman, Jeff Gray. He stated, “The County purchased this property with the dream of providing regional recreation opportunities for Nassau County residents. This park will be unlike anything Nassau County has ever seen and will serve the residents for many years to come”.

District Four County Commissioner, Thomas Ford, also spoke, stating, “This park will feature basic amenities such as pavilions, picnic tables and playgrounds. However, it will also feature unique amenities such as walking trails, a managed forest, a recreational fishing pond, outdoor fitness and exercise opportunities, green/event space, multi-use and tournament fields, and the County’s first ampitheatre”. He further added, “No matter where you live in Nassau County, you will now be able to experience a first-class park with a short drive”.

Other speakers at the event included Parks & Recreation Director, Jay Robertson, and Shawn Bliss with Prosser, Inc., the engineering firm overseeing construction of the project. Both shared information about the wonderful recreational opportunities the park will bring to the area, as well as their excitement to be involved in the efforts to bring these amenities to our residents. District Five Commissioner, Klynt Farmer, also spoke briefly, stating that, “I’m excited to see that we’re going to bring something to the west side of the County that will benefit many, many generations”.

Following the presentations, the Commissioners participated in the ceremonial “breaking of the ground”.

We appreciate everyone that came out yesterday to celebrate with us. For those that were unable to attend, the presentation was recorded and can be found on our YouTube Channel (see link below).

-Sabrina Robertson
Public Information Officer

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