Board Approves Sweet Hollow Park Sculpture Design
The Huntington Town Board, at its February 6, 2018 meeting, approved a committee’s recommendation for the design of a sculpture to be located at Sweet Hollow Park in Melville and authorized the artist to create and install it.
The welded aluminum sculpture, entitled “Community,” incorporates several symbolic elements, including a tree of life, a sphere depicting people of all ages with hands linked and the saying “In the joy of others lies our own,” the slogan of the Hindu organization Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam-Northeast (BAPS). The BAPS sold the Town the land that became Sweet Hollow Park.
The design was submitted by a team headed by Babylon artist Steven Zaleski. The team was selected from among eight artists who responded to a request for qualifications. Their credentials and the eventual chosen design were reviewed by a selection panel that included representatives from the Town’s Public Art Advisory Committee, interested stakeholders from the community and the Town’s Open Space Coordinator.
Plans for a sculpture were included in the design for the park, the Town’s newest, which opened in 2017. Funding for the work, which was appropriated in 2015, comes from the Town’s Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement Fund. It will be installed at the entrance to the park, in front of the pavilion.
“Huntington appreciates how works of art enhance our enjoyment of public spaces,” Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci said. “This sculpture will add to the Town’s public art inventory and serve as a symbol of the bond forged between the Town, the community and the BAPS that made the park possible.”
In other action, the Town Board:
— approved the appointment of deputy directors and directors for six Town departments: General Services (Andre Sorrentino, director); Public Safety (Peter Sammis, director; Joseph Rose, deputy director); Parks and Recreation (Greg Wagner, director; William Musto, deputy director); Environmental Waste Management (John Clark, director; Matthew Laux, deputy director; Information Technology (Nicholas Wieland, deputy director); and Maritime Services (Dominick Spada, deputy director).
— appropriated $230,000 from the Parks and Recreation Reserve Fund to help fund construction of the Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Spray Park at Elwood Park.
— approved continuing the long-time agreement with the Huntington YMCA to provide an instructional sailing and kayaking program at Centerport Beach.
— appointed Paul Ehrlich as a member an as vice chair of the Planning Board and Richard McGrath as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
— appointed assistant town attorney Brooke Lupinacci as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Liaison Officer and community development director Leah-Michelle Jefferson as the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
— scheduled a March 20, 2018 public hearing on a proposal to change the zoning of a parcel on Creek Road, Halesite, from R-5 Residence to R-3M Garden Apartment to allow construction of a building containing four two-bedroom apartments.