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Kings Park...Can We Not Be Great Again?

Kings Park Patch blogger challenges community for input on how to make like in Kings Park better.

As a resident of Kings Park with a passion for the community in which I live I look around the town and say; what is going on? Take a trip down Main Street and you are met with empty businesses and others just holding on. The tumbleweed is hours away from blowing in the streets. Our community needs a good defibrillator to shock some energy once again into it's streets. 

Long gone are the days of the Kings Park Fireman's Fair, shopping at Ben Franklin or keeping the business in Kings Park. The Psychiatric Center lay dormant for nearly 15 years with talks of asbestos and costs to revitalize just being too much. Please don't forget we were able to defeat a Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and a Fascist Italy from December 7, 1941 to August 14th, 1945 (less than 4 years) and today it takes 15+ years to talk about potentially doing something. 

Here's the good news...we can change all of this. We are Kings Parkers. Let's work together to make this town great again. The apathetic approach to life in Kings Park is a cancer and it must be killed. We have a great town with even greater people in it. Let's do business with one another when possible. Let's fix up the community in which we live. Let's get involved. I want to thank you for reading my first of (hopefully) many blog posts. I welcome any and all suggestions in an effort to work together in making Kings Park great again.   

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gottwins April 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I have always thought that the psych center grounds would be an amazing location for an adjunct college/university--a Suffolk branch. The setting would be beautiful, and could bring so much to the local economy. Is that kind of facility something that would still be permissible on the grounds of a state park, so as to still maintain state park standing and really enhance our tax base? I don't really know if it's feasible, or if colleges are looking for locations, but it was one of the first things I thought of when I moved into the area.
Michelle B April 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Agreed!!
Anthony April 25, 2012 at 03:05 PM
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MLJJJ April 26, 2012 at 01:38 PM
All of the ideas I have read so far are credible, but I believe the root of the problem is the landlords of the various properties in Kings Park , they charge huge rents and put nothing back into the town.They need to fix the appearance of Main street and the shopping center and try to resolve the parking issues on Main street. Kings Park can become the Hamlet that other towns aspire to be like.
Rosemarie Gunning June 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I agree with most of the posts here as well. I think Kings Park needs to be more open to franchises. Look how well subway does, regardless of parking issues. And yes, please can we get rid of some of the old man bars, how about a nice wine bar in KP? And lets get rid of Key Food and put in a Best Yet Market, much fairer prices and greater quality. Kings park is a great town and a great location. Lets built it up together!

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