News Flash

Home Page News and Announcements

Posted on: July 14, 2021

St. James Chamber of Commerce Donates $20K Towards Construction of Celebrate Park

St. James Chamber of Commerce

On Monday, July 12, 2021, Town of Smithtown leaders joined the board members of the St. James Chamber of Commerce to accept a check for $20,000. The money donated to the town will be used towards the construction of a new park centrally located on Lake Avenue. Once complete, the new park space will complement the St. James Cultural and Arts District as a central performance space and village green, accompanied by a new off-street municipal parking lot, to drive economic revitalization and create a walkable downtown.  

“The St. James Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in offering assistance to businesses and residents alike during the pandemic. Now they are leading the charge in rebuilding our economy. On behalf of the town, I am truly humbled to accept this very generous donation towards constructing this beautiful new park. This funding will be most helpful in ensuring our success in constructing a spectacular gathering place for the community, which will undoubtedly boost foot traffic to the local shops along Lake Avenue.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim

The park design and construction has been made possible thanks to a local 501(c)(3) arts organization, Celebrate St. James, Past - Present - Future. The not-for-Profit group has spearheaded fundraising efforts and solicited local Landscape Architect Bob Retnauer of RDA and Architect Michael Morbillo of Enspire Design Group to create plans for the park. In November 2020, Supervisor Wehrheim and the Town Board joined with Celebrate St. James, as well as the St. James Chamber, Civic Association and members of the community in a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of construction.

In late Summer 2020, the Town of Smithtown purchased the old Irish Viking lot on Lake Avenue in an intergovernmental contract with Suffolk County. The former pub has been completely demolished, leveled and the Highway Department has recently completed the installation of drainage infrastructure. As highway and construction crews continue with the construction of the municipal parking area and foundation work for the park, a rigorous planning phase is underway to erect the new open space. The Planning Department and community development coordinator has met regularly with Landscape Architect Bob Retnauer of RDA and Architect Michael Morbillo of Enspire Design Group in coordination of the park construction. These St. James residents have volunteered their craft and time to design what will undoubtedly be a beautiful gathering place for Town of Smithtown residents. Design plans for Celebrate Park can be found online at CelebrateStJames.org

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home Page News and Announcements

LABS Lane

Remembering Our Girls

Posted on: July 21, 2021
Blazer

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: July 20, 2021
Road Work

Road Improvements Along Route 25A

Posted on: July 16, 2021
Chips

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: July 12, 2021
China

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: July 7, 2021
Concerts

Summer Concerts Return

Posted on: June 29, 2021
Yoo-Hoo

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: June 28, 2021
Senior Center Open

Senior Center Open For Business

Posted on: June 22, 2021
Angel

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: June 22, 2021
Master Plan Update

Master Plan Update

Posted on: June 16, 2021
Love Grows Here

Love Grows Here

Posted on: June 16, 2021
Parker

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: June 15, 2021
Nubbins

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: June 7, 2021
Sugar

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: June 2, 2021
Popcorn and Pretzel

Smithtown Pets of the Week

Posted on: May 25, 2021
Smithtown STEM Partnership

Smithtown STEM Partnership

Posted on: May 19, 2021
Randy

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: May 18, 2021
Pudding and Ritz

Smithtown Pets of the Week

Posted on: May 11, 2021
Arbor Day

Arbor Day in Memoriam

Posted on: May 4, 2021
Gavin

Smithtown Pet of the Week

Posted on: May 4, 2021
Flynn Memorial Ballpark

A Home Run Honoring a Local Hero

Posted on: April 28, 2021
Kings Park Vaccine Site

Kings Park Gets Vaccinated

Posted on: April 20, 2021
Senior Center Vaccines

410 Seniors Vaccinated

Posted on: April 13, 2021
Shred Event

Smithtown Shreds 12.11 Tons of Paper

Posted on: April 13, 2021