Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bayswater State Park to close

From Crains:

New York parks officials have recommended shutting 41 parks and 14 historic sites in the fiscal year starting April 1, with service reductions at 23 other parks and 1 historic site as the state faces an $8.2 billion budget deficit.

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says it's also proposing $4 million in fee increases.

Some of the most popular among the 178 state parks and 35 historic sites would remain open and staffed. Jones Beach on Long Island would close its west swimming pool and eliminate July 4 fireworks. Niagara Falls State Park would reduce its interpretive programs.

In Queens, Bayswater Point State Park will close and on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Riverbank State Park will reduce its operating hours, close its outdoor swimming pool, and eliminate seniors classes and community events.

Parks spokeswoman Eileen Larabee says Friday that officials would review each closed park to determine whether the public could still visit, though parking areas would likely be closed.


Georges said...

Thanks Gov Patterson - we should have our kid play dice on Columbus Ave like your kid, right? Maybe go find a few ATM card lying in the street to fund the stakes!

Keep closing more Parks across the state - let loose all of the kids and adults everywhere else. Mall like Cross-gates in Albany is a prime example of what happens if youngsters have no place to go to.

georgetheatheist said...

I nevah hoid o'dis place.

Queens Crapper said...

North shore of Far Rockaway. It's actually a nice spot.

georgetheatheist said...

Crapper, you are ubiquitous. BTW are you going to do another series soon of "Spring is Here" photos?

Queens Crapper said...

Not sure spring will ever get here!

Anonymous said...

are there any protests in the area?

Anonymous said...

That spot near nassau county exclusive five towns is really a nice area .Why not build a luxury hotel ,great location near JFK ,water ,beach ,near the city.If not a hotel they can build upscale homes or condos.