Editor's Note: This essay was chosen for the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce's Young Business Leaders Scholarship. It was among 65 submissions that were judged anonymously.
For the planned Waterfront development in the City of Glen Cove, this proposal is for the building and development of a community recreation facility that will benefit not only the youth of Glen Cove, but people of all ages in our city. The Waterfront is meant to be an asset to our community, providing a wonderful experience for the people who live here. It will also serve as a great way to attract tourists that want to come to Glen Cove. Tourists will provide money to our community, and money will help our city grow.
Freeport, Long Island has a great recreation center that provides activities and sports and a place for kids to go. It’s clean and well managed. There is always something going on there, and many people take advantage of what they have to offer.
There is also a new recreation center in Hicksville run by the Town of Oyster Bay that is really great, and a new Yes WE Can recreation center in Hempstead.
A recreation center on the Waterfront could be really great. There could be kayak and canoe rentals, bike rentals, a gymnasium for basketball, indoor racquet sports, a fitness center, and there could even be retail stores inside the recreation center such as a restaurant where young people could gather. Ice skating, roller skating, rock climbing, and even a movie theatre would be great in the recreation center. In this recreation facility, there could be outdoor hiking tours, and fitness programs. There could be sports clinics and exhibitions. This could give our young people with athletic aspirations a place to train and work out. Athletes could cross-train. Glen Cove could incorporate bike lanes for bike rentals that start at the facility. The possibilities are endless.
Glen Cove needs a place where young people can go in the evenings for fun and entertainment, especially in the summer months. A recreation center that is run properly could be an attraction for people to come to Glen Cove from other areas on Long Island. Having a lively recreation center would draw our community out of their homes and out and about in our town where they could have some fun and probably spend some money. Along with great restaurants, good retail stores, and nice housing, our Waterfront could compete with Huntington as the place to go if you’re not going to Manhattan or out east on Long Island.
This is my dream for our Glen Cove Waterfront Project.