The Suffolk County Legislature on March 3 unanimously approved a resolution that amends the 2015 capital budget to include $750,000 for improvements to Cupsogue County Park.
Last September, the main facility at Cupsogue Beach was destroyed in a large fire that engulfed nearly the entire park. The fire destroyed the concession stand, showers, seating areas, bathrooms and a first-aid station.
The $750,000 includes money for architecture and engineering as well as money to install a temporary concession and restroom facility to serve the public this season and until the main building is constructed. It is estimated that the 5,200-square-foot building will take two years and over $2 million dollars to complete. The access of the building will be improved as well and the sanitary system brought up to code.
“The fire last year at this historic and beloved building was tragic,” said Legislator Jay Schneiderman, who sponsored the resolution and also serves as chairman of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Parks and Recreation Committee. “The park will reopen this season with temporary facilities providing users the comforts they are accustomed to, and a new facility will rise from the ashes which will accommodate park users for generations to come.”
It is anticipated that the county’s fire insurance policy will cover much of the costs of the temporary structures and the reconstruction of the main building.