Sunday, June 10, 2012

Community :: Heckscher State Park

Well, today will be a beach day and we are heading to the great south shore of Long Island. But there are so many other great places to visit close to home. I just found this park right around the corner. I am thinking this is a spot to hit this summer for a nice day trip with my little man.

Adding this location to our list of Summer Fun!
Long Island: A Guide to New York's Suffolk and Nassau Counties

I found this book that could help me find some more fun ideas. Product Description (by Amazon) Organised by town and then subdivided into the various villages and hamlets, this popular guide provides informative entries for each locale. Going beyond the scope of a typical travel guide, this book includes directions from the Long Island Expressway to places of special interest: federal, state and county parks and preserves; archaeological sites; museums; and, nature conservancies.

Happy Sunday everyone!

 Keep turning those pages....
 Happy Reading,

#Heckscher State Park (From Wikipedia)

Heckscher State Park is a park on the shore of the Great South Bay at East Islip in Suffolk County, New York, USA. The park was 1,469 acres (5.94 km2) that was once the 19th century estates of George C. Taylor and J. Neal Plum. Islip's founder, William Nicoll, originally built his estate on this property. The park was purchased by the State of New York using a donation by the affluent August Heckscher with strong opposition from wealthy local residents.

Heckscher offers a beach, picnic tables with pavilions, a playground and playing fields, recreation programs, hiking and biking, fishing, a campground with tent and trailer sites, cross-country skiing, a boat launch, an olympic sized swimming pool, and a food concession.

Heckscher State Park is known as the "Home of the White-tailed Deer." In fact, deer are fairly populous throughout the park. Additionally, about 280 bird species can be observed in the park.[1]

The park falls within the district protected by the Great River Fire Department. The park is accessible by the Heckscher State Parkway.

Beginning in 1972 and continuing until 2008, the New York Philharmonic played at Heckscher State Park as part of its free "Concerts in the Parks" series. The annual event was held on summer evenings in an open field near the campground and was open to the public. In 2009, the New York Philharmonic chose to cancel the event for the summer of that year due to financial constraints. After consideration to keep the tradition, the Long Island Philharmonic volunteered to perform. Ultimately, the Long Island Philharmonic was forced to cancel their plans as well, as a deadlock in the state senate prevented funds from being allocated to the event. The following year, the New York Philharmonic again chose not to perform. This time, however, the Long Island Philharmonic was able to put on a successful performance. The new generation of concerts commenced with a theme of American composers, including George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, John Phillip Sousa, John Williams, and Billy Joel.

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