H2M recently provided land surveying, engineering, architectural design services, and site planning for a new major upgrade to the Town of North Hempstead’s Manhasset Valley Park. The nearly 18-acre park consisted of mostly passive parkland, including woodlands, a natural grass baseball field, playground, surface parking, with walking trails spread throughout the park. Important environmental features of the park included mature trees, a stream, a pond, and wetlands, which required our engineers to perform wetland mapping, tree identification, and a detailed topographic survey of the site. Constraint and opportunity maps identified potential locations for the new park facilities to minimize impacts to environmentally-sensitive areas. Concept site plan alternatives led to the placement of the new illuminated, multi-purpose synthetic field for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football; a new fully handicap accessible children’s playground; new ADA compliant bathrooms; and 69-stall parking field. The existing baseball field was reconstructed to make it compliant with Williamsport Little League specifications.
Along with design and engineering, H2M provided construction administration services for the new field, a batting cage, site development, lighting and irrigation. Permit support included permits for freshwater wetlands through NYSDEC, a sewer connection permit through the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District, and a backflow prevention permit through the Manhasset Lakeville Water District.
The new park was re-dedicated in Spring 2013 with a field at the park named after Jim Brown, NFL Hall of Famer and Manhasset High School Alumnus.