Located at the southwest corner of Dixon Avenue and Great Neck Road, a park that’s long been known as the “Gateway to Copiague” has been officially named Gateway Park.

“During the mid-2000s, the park was renovated but never named,” said Babylon Town Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez. “It was always known as the gateway to downtown Copiague.”

With the help of the Copiague Chamber of Commerce, the Town Board passed a resolution a few months back to name the park.

This past Saturday, locals and town officials alike came together to unveil a new sign that boldly states the name was Gateway Park.

“To me, I was so happy to finally see this happen after so many years,” said Sharon Fattoruso, president of the Copiague Chamber of Commerce, and the hamlet’s beautification ambassador to the town. “It really is the gateway to Copiague and it’s an asset to the community.”

She added that the unveiling came at a perfect time for families to start enjoying the park during the New Year.

“We cleaned it up,” Martinez said, and “the park rangers are involved in keeping it a safe place.”

In addition to the new sign, the Friends of the Copiague Library donated a “Little Free Library” structure at which people can take a book and leave a book. This is the second Little Free Library installed in Copiague; the first stands in Tanner Park.

“It’s turning into a really nice little pocket,” Martinez said. “We’re all really happy with it.”

Above: The unveiling of the Gateway Park sign and Little Free Library (Credit: Facebook)