Music, markets and more development. There is so much happening in Kings Park that attending a Kings Park Civic Association meeting has made our 100 Things To Do in Kings Park list.
The Kings Park Civic Association was founded over 40 years ago. Trustee and past president Frank Mercuri explains the importance of local civic groups. “You are the eyes of the people,” says Mercuri. “What we see, we try to take care of.”
Sean Lehmann, the current president of the group, says one important function is to “inform the community about what is going on.”
According to Lehmann, the group has been branching out into other areas.
“The civic doesn’t just watch over zoning issues,” explains Lehmann. “We are doing other things to try to make the community better and we hope to continue to get people to volunteer their time on issues that interest them.”
“For example,” says Lehmann, “the upcoming farmer’s market and concert series were borne out of discussions at past meetings.”
The group also offers a scholarship each year to a graduating Kings Park High School senior, participates in local clean ups, hosts informative special meetings and makes available local representatives to the Kings Park community.
For instance, at tonight’s meeting, along with committee reports on such topics as the library, the industrial area, downtown revitalization, the farmer’s market and concert series, Smithtown Councilman Ed Wehrheim will be guest speaker.
According to the meeting’s agenda, the Councilman will discuss his efforts to encourage economic development in the downtown and industrial areas in an effort to help bolster the Kings Park tax base.
Also, issues to be discussed will include the Town of Smithtown’s rough draft list of abandoned/derelict structures in Kings Park and the Indian Head Family LLC’s proposal for a 36 unit, two story multi-family garden apartment complex on Indian Head Road.
The long standing mission of KPCA, according to Lehmann, is to work closely with residents, community leaders and elected representatives to make Kings Park the very best place to live and raise a family on Long Island. “We respond to residents’ concerns.”
People should get involved,” says Mercuri. “The more people involved, the more that is accomplished.”
Category: Indoors, community, civics
Price: May 23rd meeting free to all Kings Park residents
Season: Year Round
May meeting : May 23, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Kings Park High School Community Room (101)
Membership Dues: $12 Individual, $20 Family
Upcoming June meeting: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Kings Park High School Community Room (101)