"Many residents have requested a dog run," said Sires. "[The residents] told me that they have no place to take their dogs."
The dog run, which will take the place of the aging tennis courts near 64th Street, will be part of streetscape project between 60th and 67th streets on Boulevard East.
"The dog run is just one part of the entire face-lift that the Boulevard will go through," said Sires.
The project will be going out to bid at the board's May 16 meeting, and Sires plans to begin the project this summer.
The town received $1 million dollars from state Green Acres funding to complete this project. The money was divided, and the town received $500,000 last year and the remaining $500,000 this year.
Green Acres is a type of state funding meant to preserve municipalities' open space and recreational facilities.
The tennis courts on the Boulevard, which have been closed on and off for the past six years, will be closed permanently once construction is begun on the streetscape project.
"We tried to keep [that space] as tennis courts," said Sires, explaining that the courts have been built on the edge of the cliff. "But we just can't."
"You have to realize that the cliffs move," said Business Administrator Richard Turner, who said that the town has tried to fix the courts many times. "The ground keeps cracking."
"We have to close the tennis courts," said Sires. "We will never be able to flatten out [that land]."
Getting a face lift
The Boulevard East Streetscape Project will replace the sidewalks, benches, and lighting and add new trees from 60th to 67th street.
"We will have one continuous Boulevard Promenade from 54th Street to 67th Street," said Sires, who explained that the area from 60th to 67th Street would then have the same cobblestone sidewalk, lighting fixtures and park benches as those already installed between 54th and 60th streets.