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Last Updated: February 14, 2017
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NSLA Purchases Humes Stroll Garden
After more than two years of negotiation, the North Shore Land Alliance has signed a contract to purchase the Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck from the Humes Japanese Stroll Garden Foundation. The approximately seven-acre parcel, immediately adjacent to the 28-acre former Humes Estate (which the Land Alliance acquired in July of 2015), was conceived more than fifty years ago by Mr. and Mrs. John P. Humes and has been maintained by the Foundation since that time.
The Land Alliance will be purchasing the Stroll Garden via a two-year mortgage extended by the Foundation with the intent of preserving the land on which the garden sits and continuing to operate it as a public garden. Additionally, the acquisition of the Stroll Garden will complete a preserved assemblage of more than 150 acres of environmentally rich lands that include Shu Swamp Preserve and the Francis Pond conservation areas.
The garden, which has been closed for several months, will reopen in the spring. Lisa Ott, Land Alliance President said, “While there is much to be done to maintain the garden, from installing deer fencing and repairing the greenhouse to rebuilding membership and a corps of active volunteers, we are thrilled that the Humes family has allowed us the opportunity to sustain this community treasure. This acquisition will ensure that the Humes Estate remain intact and be preserved and protected from development forever!”
The Stroll Garden will, eventually, be joined with the Humes property to create a wonderful and varied outdoor experience. This unique and historic garden boasts an impressive collection of North American and Asian plants that constitute a beautiful Japanese landscape and impart a meditative experience. The defining feature of the garden is its stepping stone path, inspired by the intimacy of a mountain trail. A walk through the garden takes visitors through various twists and turns, including a “mountain peak,” before ending at the pondside teahouse. The garden experience is heightened by use of native plants, open space and existing woodland: the old-growth trees determine the direction of the path, terracing minimizes erosion and the garden’s native woodland remains mostly intact.
The Land Alliance looks forward to welcoming the community to the Stroll Garden in the spring to celebrate this most exciting acquisition. Until then, we could use some spare hands as well as donations of goods and services to keep the Stroll Garden open and maintained. For more information and/or to help, please contact the Land Alliance at 516-922-1028.
Crescent Beach Water Assessment
(L to R) Eric Swenson, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, and Glen Cove Mayor Spinello
The office of Delia DeRiggi-Whitton is excited to announce that the Nassau County Department of Public Works (DPW) has commissioned a study to look at conducting a site-specific groundwater assessment and stream sampling program for the Crescent Beach area. The study will be directed toward the Crescent Beach area and will determine if sewering alone will solve the water quality issues at Crescent Beach. The study will also look at the water quality of the ground water and the storm water runoff in addition to any septic impacts.
According to Ken Arnold, Director of Nassau County Department of Public Works, “Once the results of the study are determined, the DPW can do a focused assessment of the area to improve Crescent Beach.” The proposal is to conduct a site-specific ground water assessment and stream sampling program for the Crescent Beach area as requested by the Nassau County Department of Public Works. The service provider, Clean Globe for well drilling and Long Island Laboratories Inc, for sample analysis, are approved to perform the referenced services.
“I am very encouraged that this study has been commissioned and we can look forward to Crescent Beach one day reopening for public use,” Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said. Sewer and septic system improvements will hopefully allow the opening of Crescent Beach one day, so it can again become a real asset to the City of Glen Cove.
Call Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton’s office at 516-571-6211 for additional information.