April 3, 2013 | 742 views
Stream project wraps up, park trails re-open
Valley Stream’s park-goers got some good news late last week. The north end of Hendrickson Park re-opened on March 29 now that a months-long project to improve the stream has just about come to an end.
Work on the north end of the waterway, from the bridge near Dover Street to Hendrickson Avenue, began in June. The purpose of the project was to remove sand that had been accumulating along the bottom for years, and install features to keep the stream clean in the future.
“Now you finally see what we’ve all been waiting for,” said village Building Superintendent Thomas McAleer. The large contraption in the middle of the stream, about 100 feet south of Hendrickson Avenue, is a trap to collect debris such as bottles, cans and other objects that float in from the north.
The trap and the angled black tubes on the sides will keep debris from floating further south into the lake. McAleer noted that the trap and pipes acts as buoys. “As the water rises, the trap rises with it,” he said.
When the trap fills up, a truck can come in and empty it out. McAleer said while some people might think it looks unsightly, it is necessary to keep the stream clean.
Along the bottom of the stream, concrete matting has been installed in some areas to collect sand, which comes into the park from the north. There is no way to prevent the sand from building up, McAleer said, which is why a base was installed to collect it right when it comes in. It can then be vacuumed out, a task that will probably have to be done a few times each year.
Just passed the trap, vegetation was installed along the banks to keep garbage from the park from blowing into the stream. The last item to be done will be the installation of a debris collection bin in the storm drain pipe that runs from Fenimore Street into the stream. McAleer said this pipe is fed from storm runoff from several streets east of the park.
The project, along with improvements completed at Mill Pond and those scheduled at the Village Green, were funded through a $1.8 million grant administered by Nassau County. The project was engineered by Dvirka and Bartilucci, and work was done by A&R Construction of Farmingdale.