Citing Concerns About Conditions at Existing Village Parks, Legislator Kevan Abrahams Announces Reconsideration of Plans to Transfer County-Owned Cow Meadow Park to Freeport Village
(FREEPORT, N.Y.) Nassau County Legislator Kevan M. Abrahams (D - Freeport) announced he is reevaluating plans to transfer Cow Meadow Park to the Village of Freeport due to the dilapidated conditions of parks already owned by the village.
During a press conference at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Thursday, June 6, Legislator Abrahams was joined by community leaders and community stakeholders who oppose the transfer of Cow Meadow Park to the Village of Freeport. Those residents joined Legislator Abrahams to say the village should invest more resources in their own deteriorating parks before assuming control of Cow Meadow Park.
Cow Meadow Park is currently owned and operated by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums. The County was considering transferring the property to the Village of Freeport, however, Legislator Abrahams raised concerns about the plan after discovering neglect at village-owned parks such as Martin Luther King, Jr./Steven Street Park, John J. Randall Park, Bishop Frank O. White Memorial /Northeast Park, and Glacken Park.
“Our parks are a valuable community resource that when maintained properly, serve as welcoming community hubs and recreational facilities. However, I cannot in good faith give the Village of Freeport any additional municipal land knowing their current parks are in disarray,” Legislator Abrahams said. “Before taking on the additional responsibility of Cow Meadow Park, Freeport Village must invest the time and resources into their existing parks so they can reach their full potential.”