Brentwood’s troubled Ross Park is getting revitalized; here’s what’s happening


In a significant step towards revitalizing Ross Memorial Park in Brentwood, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Assemblyman Phil Ramos joined forces last week to break ground on a modern, state-of-the-art playground.

The playground project is part of a comprehensive overhaul of the park, aimed at reclaiming the area and providing a safe and enjoyable space for residents.

Ross Memorial Park had faced a troubling history of criminal activity and illegal actions, prompting numerous complaints from concerned residents, as well as reports from both MTA Police and Suffolk County Police.

The situation had deteriorated to the point that in 2020, in consultation with SCPD, town officials made the difficult decision to close the park, which had earned the unfortunate moniker “needle park” due to its association with drug-related issues that adversely affected local businesses.

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter expressed the town’s commitment to ensuring that all town-owned facilities are safe for residents to enjoy. She said in a statement, “Our residents deserve a safe and functional park to enjoy outdoor recreational activities with friends and family, and Ross Park simply did not allow for that. We are steadfast in our commitment to reclaim the park as an asset for the community to enjoy once restorations are completed.”

The transformation of Ross Memorial Park includes plans for a gazebo, lighting structures, high-definition surveillance cameras, and a stage for performing arts. Additionally, stamped concrete walkways and a new parking lot have already been completed as part of the renovation.

Assemblyman Phil Ramos played a crucial role in this transformation by securing a capital fund grant of $655,000 for the Ross Memorial Park improvement project.

“The construction of a new Ross Park is a testament to our commitment to creating a better quality of life for all our residents,” said Ramos. By securing the needed $655,000 from the state for this project and working with my partners in the town, we will be improving the lives of our community for generations to come. The construction of a new Ross Park is another promise kept to the people of Brentwood and another proud milestone that will create a new epicenter of culture, music, and community that will revitalize our downtown.”

Top: Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Assemblyman Phil Ramos breaking groud at the new playground coming to Brentwood’s Ross Park. (Credit: Islip Town)