Bayswater Point State Park Shackled By Paterson
Governor Paterson’s plan to close a number of state parks as part of his budget-cutting plan has come to Rockaway. The Bayswater Point State Park, a 12-acre wild park at the end of Mott Avenue, was shackled on Monday, with posted signs warning that it would remain closed and that trespassers would be prosecuted. The park, which juts out into Mott Basin at the eastern shore of Jamaica Bay, once housed the Maimonides Home for Children. That estate burned down in 1986 and the private land was traded to the Trust for Public Land in return for the right to develop another tract further south near Bayswater Park. The property was managed by the Audubon Society for many years, but their tenure ended a few years ago. The park was intentionally left in its wild state and boasts of passive recreation such as hiking and nature study. Because of its proximity to the bay, officials say that it remains a nesting area for many species of birds.
The park has long been a prime spot for fishing and hiking.