"The (closing) has also infuriated elected officials and advocates who note that the savings from the closure would be a measly $5,500 a year." - New York Daily News
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is slated to close Bayswater State Park in Far Rockaway, Queens on April 1. The move would save just $ 5,500 dollars annually towards the State's $ 9 billion budget gap. The 12 acre park is located at the western end of Mott Avenue. The Park is opened by a neighbor adjacent to the park. A Parks spokesperson told the Associated Press that their office is reviewing the possibility that some of the closed parks be proposed may remain open to visitors without being maintained. It is not yet clear if Bayswater could be one of those. It could be the first time in state history a park was completely shuttered.
Most of the land was once part of an estate built by early 20th century Wall Street financier Louis A. Heinsheimer. (Photo: Barcelo for the Daily News)
Bayswater Point State Park comprises 12 acres at the tip of a peninsula in the Rockaways that juts out into the Mott Basin on the eastern shore of Jamaica Bay. The terrain is varied and includes beachfront, wetlands and woodlands. This diversity helps make it an ideal habitat for migrating and nesting birds. The goal of this park is to preserve the existing natural systems, and if feasible, restore what has been lost. Passive recreation, such as hiking and nature study, are encouraged. - Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York Daily News - March 28, 2010 - By Darren Tobia