The Manhasset Park District (MPD) celebrated its 100th year of service by planting a Japanese Maple Tree at the Park Avenue Park.
On July 5, 1921, the MPD was founded by Josephine Boyer, James L. Dowsey and Stephen H. Mason. Since that day, the MPD focus has been a commitment to Manhasset, and a determination in keeping a bountiful community. Each elected commissioner and every employee, past and present, has continued to provide an effort to maintain the parks, and parking lots, within Manhasset owned by the MPD.
The current Board of Commissioners, Mark Sauvigne, David Paterson and Ken Weigand, are proud to have dedicated workers. Much of the current staff has been employed for close to 20 years. Over the years, they have completed many beautification projects.
The 100th year celebration follows what may have been the hardest year yet. With so many unknowns the pandemic brought in 2020, the MPD staff continued to perform their duties as essential employees and worked every day to maintain a beautiful surrounding while people were staying home and local.
In 2020, the MPD was able to create “Heroes’ Plaza”, a local spot to outdoor dine under a shady tree. “Heroes Plaza” is dedicated to the hardworking heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also accomplished in 2020 was the overtaking of the garden landscape at the Manhasset LIRR. A sight for sore eyes for many years has now been transformed into a beautiful landscape that fits right into Manhasset.
Every employee has been crucial to the success of the MPD. Every constituent, merchant and commuter has been important.
—Submitted by the Manhasset Park District.