Roberto Clemente Community Updates

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June 20th, 2017- Town-wide efforts have brought advances throughout the facility, with the long-term goals of improving and re-opening the park coming into focus.   

The maintenance and care of the facility has been a top priority. Town crews have worked to clean up and remove overgrown vegetation and unsafe tree limbs, as well as raise the tree umbrella so Public Safety has a clear view into the park. The playground area has been cleaned and restored, including the repair and replacement of swings and other features.  The rusted softball backstop has been removed, and is being prepared as a multi-use field. Both the large ball field and basketball courts are being groomed and cleaned and will soon be available for community use. New bleachers and benches are on site, and bike racks will soon be installed as well.  

The improvements are not limited to inside the park:  the park’s exterior is also being upgraded. The Planning Department has started a Safe Routes to School project, installing curbing and sidewalk along the park on Nolin Street. In addition to the new sidewalk, fencing has been replaced along the northern border of the park, and 10 ADA compliant sidewalk ramps are being installed in the vicinity of the park to improve access. 

Finally, the remediation work on the field is progressing rapidly. The established approval process for this phase of work has required intense coordination between the Town, State DEC, and contractors. Filling and leveling the field, including hydro-seeding the entire area, continues, and will soon reach completion. 


 April 27th, 2017 - 

Starting Monday, May 1,  we will begin backfilling the excavated area of Roberto Clemente Park. This process will take approximately 6 weeks. We will start opening the park in phases. Phase one will be the opening of the field areas, basketball courts and the playground area. We will spend this year renovating the pool, with the goal of reopening in 2018. 

January 25th, 2017 – Islip Town officials authorized the contract to begin restoring the grounds of Roberto Clemente Park, having approved the required RFP at the January 24th Town Board meeting.

Many firms submitted proposals for the work, and Town officials are encouraged at the quality of plans that were put forth. This first stage of the project will involve bringing in soil, used to restore the original gradient of the park. This step will finally allow further development to continue. The work will be constantly supervised by the Town to ensure that the park is restored efficiently and safely.

“The Town is moving ahead with plans to return this park back to our communities as quickly as possible, while ensuring that any work is completed to our exacting standards,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “As the backfill portion of the restoration is proceeding, we are looking ahead to the other projects for Roberto Clemente Park, including the Spray Park, whose funding has been secured by Assemblyman Phil Ramos.”

Updates on the progress of the restoration of Roberto Clemente Park will continue to be posted to the Town’s website, which can be viewed here.


The removal of materials at Roberto Clemente Park has been completed and has met the requirements of the State DEC and the Town. Additionally, the State DEC has approved the Town’s restoration plan for the former soccer field area.

On December 13, the Town conducted a walk-through at Roberto Clemente Park for prospective bidders. Bids are due back on Thursday, December 22. The Town expects to move rapidly through the evaluation process, and have a proposed contract before the Town Board at the January Town Board meeting. Once mobilized, this project should move forward in an expeditious manner. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, or severe winter weather, there is a reasonable expectation that Roberto Clemente Park will re-open and welcome residents back to the park in the summer of 2017. With the necessary approvals already in place, and the restoration underway, the Town is advancing its long term phases. Periodic updates will be provided at Town Board meetings and on the Town’s website, as we move forward, including outlining the various phases of the redevelopment of the park.   





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