Long Island, NY - October 19, 2016 - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that the following travel restrictions will be in effect at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center, specifically on Kings Park Boulevard.
Beginning Friday, October 28th, 2016, additional patrols of the property will begin. Increased patrols, conducted by the New York State Park Police and New York State Park staff, will be in effect until November 1, 2016. Only vehicles with appropriate reason will be authorized to travel the roadway during this time period. The restriction will be enforced to prevent access to a site potentially hazardous to individuals’ health and safety. After November 1, the New York State Park Police and State Park staff will continue regular patrol and monitoring of the grounds and buildings.
Long Island State Parks will host several safe and fun events for Halloween weekend. Connetquot River State Park will host a “Bat Bonanza” indoor program from 7 to 9 p.m. on October 28. On October 29, the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach will host a “Halloween Myths” program from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. Belmont Lake State Park will host a Great Jack-o’-Lantern Spectacular Sail from 3-6:00pm on Saturday, October 29. Some events require pre-registration and/or an admission fee, please check the website.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 65 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com.