Weigh in on Parks’ Future

The State Parks agency is making great headway in developing master plans for all its parks and historic sites. Master plans guide the management and development of park resources. There are a number of upcoming opportunities for the public to weigh in on the future of several parks.

The master plans developed for state parks are important because they establish a long-term vision to guide future development of new and enhanced park facilities and operations. The plans also guide the protection of natural, cultural and historical resources. Read below for upcoming opportunities for the public to provide input on the development of park plans for Sampson State Park in the Finger Lakes and Sunken Meadow, Bethpage and Trails View State Parks on Long Island.

Sunken Meadow State Park

Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith), located on the shores of the Long Island Sound, is one of New York’s treasured beach parks and provides millions of visitors with abundant recreational opportunities each year. State Parks has released a Draft Master Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the park. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM at the Kings Park High School, 200 Route 25A, Kings Park, NY 11754. Comments may also be submitted in writing by Friday, November 14, 2014 via email to SunkenMeadow.plan@parks.ny.gov or in writing to one of the following agency contacts:

Wayne Horsley
Regional Director
Long Island Region, NYS OPRHP
Regional Headquarters
625 Belmont Ave.
Babylon NY 11704
(631) 321-3402

Pamela Otis, Director
Environmental Management Bureau
NYS OPRHP
Albany, NY 12238
(518) 474-0409

Sampson State Park

Located in the Finger Lakes, Sampson State Park is a 2,000-acre recreation park popular for camping and boating on Seneca Lake. Lakefront access for passive and active water-based recreation opportunities are also popular. The former Navy training ground and Air Base also includes many other recreational facilities, such as a swimming beach and a scenic lake trail. The park is also home to 11 distinct ecological communities and a rare plant.

A master plan is being developed for the Park and the public is invited to an open house on October 28, 2014 from 6:00PM-8:00PM at the Romulus Vol. Fire Department. Download the meeting information packet. Read PTNY’s preliminary comments.

Written comments and suggestions will be accepted until November 21, 2014. Send comments to:

Marcus Riehl
Senior Natural Resources Planner
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
2221 Taughannock Road
Trumansburg, NY 14886
Or email at: sampson.plan@parks.ny.gov.

Bethpage and Trail View State Parks Trails Plan

State Parks will host a public workshop and information session on the development of the Bethpage and Trail View State Parks Trails Plan. The meeting will be held October 30, 2014 from 4pm-8pm at the Bethpage Clubhouse, Lenox Room. Download the meeting information packet.

Although best known for its world class golf courses, Bethpage State Park on Long Island also offers a variety of recreation resources including trails for hiking and bicycling. Trail View State Park runs from the northwest corner of Bethpage north to eventually connect with Cold Spring Harbor State Park.The 7.5-mile-long park hosts three trails along its length; the Bethpage Bikeway Extension, the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, and a mountain bike trail. Together, these trails offer a host of non-motorized recreational activities.

Can’t make the public meeting? Written comments will be accepted until November 14, 2014. Send comments to:

Salim Chishti
OPRHP, Planning Bureau
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207
Or email at: bethpage.trailview.plan@parks.ny.gov.

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