The finishing touches were recently wrapped up on the renovation of Shorefront Park in Patchogue.
In December, the village unveiled its plans for a new living shoreline at the park, which is bordered by the Great South Bay.
The renovations included removing the former bulkhead and replacing it with a 1,200-foot waterfront edge featuring a rock revetment wall and a 50-foot-wide wetland area with vegetation and sand dunes. The concept mimics natural features and processes using native materials.
Little Creek, which runs through the park, was also restored by rerouting it to the bay to alleviate poor water quality and flooding issues.
Officials have stated that this will protect the area against storm surges and improve biodiversity and water quality.
The $3.7 million project, which also included a kayak launch, new walkways, bridges, and seating, was completed just in time for the Great South Bay Music Festival, the annual event held this year from July 20 to 23.
“They did a truly beautiful job,” said Jim Faith, founder and promoter of the popular Long Island festival. “The Village of Patchogue and Mayor Pontieri really stepped up to ensure that the park was ready for the festival.”
Scroll down to see photos of the new Shorefront Park and its new living shoreline.