State beaches, parks on Long Island to reopen

Superstorm Sandy

State beaches, parks on Long Island to reopen Memorial Day weekend

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

All of Long Island's state parks and beaches, which suffered significant damage in Superstorm Sandy, are expected to reopen in time for the Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

"Our parks and beaches are not only popular destinations for vacationers, but they are also important economic drivers for our communities," Cuomo said. "We will continue to work diligently to ensure that these great assets are in safe and good condition for visitors to enjoy this summer."

However, many of the parks and beaches will continue to undergo repairs and renovations.

The storm battered Long Island's beaches and parks, causing damage to roads, landscaping, and infrastructure. Beaches erosion was so severe that natural vegetation was lost.

This list from the state indicates the changes and work that will continue at the beaches and parks this summer:

Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Tree stumps and debris will still be stockpiled and a tree contractor will be working in the park during the summer.

Belmont Lake State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Tree work and fence repair will be on going.

Bethpage State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Tree work will be complete.

Brentwood State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Fence repair will be ongoing.

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Bridge replacement and tree cleanup will be ongoing.

Captree State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Repairs will be ongoing. The Overlook Pier will be complete.

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Debris removal will be complete and damaged trees will be removed. Repairs to Plank Road will be ongoing.

Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Tree cleanup will be ongoing.

Gilgo and Tobay Beaches
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN

Heckscher State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: West Beach will be fully OPEN. The bike path at Field 7 will be temporary relocated, and access for water sports will be made available. The redesign of site and the changes will be ongoing.

Hempstead Lake State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Tree work will be complete and building was repaired.

Jones Beach State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – The Jones Beach boardwalk will be usable. There will be areas with temporary railing until the material comes in. State Parks was in the final phase of replacing the boardwalk decking on the west side of the park in Fields 1 and 2 prior to the storm. This contract will be ongoing throughout the season.The electrical equipment for the vaults will be replaced. It is anticipated that this work will be complete by Memorial Day weekend; however, if the vaults are not complete, they will operate under generator power.
The repairs to Field #10 fishing piers and the Boat Basin will be on-going. The lifeguard buildings and umbrella stands will be under construction with some complete by Memorial Day weekend. Temporary trailers will be set up in those areas that the new buildings are not complete.

Orient Beach State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Repairs will be ongoing.

Nissequogue River State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Repairs will be ongoing.

Planting Fields State Historic Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – The damaged section of the Camellia Greenhouse will be under repair. A few trails and the Greenhouse will be open.

Robert Moses State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: All parking fields will be OPEN. Parking capacity may be reduced depending on the amount of space available for beachgoers. A decision on beachfront access and swimming operations will be made just prior to Memorial Day weekend after an evaluation of the sand replenishment program. It is anticipated that dredging will still be ongoing until the end of June. At that time, another re-evaluation will occur to determine operating capabilities.

Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – except for access to the eastern part of the park that was provided by the dike that was breached.

Valley Stream State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – There will still be tree debris and uprooted trees in areas of the park.

Wildwood State Park
Memorial Day Weekend Status: OPEN – Repairs will be ongoing.

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