2010-06-04 / Top Stories

Pheffer: Parks To Remain Open

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, who represents Rockaway in the State Assembly, has announced that the 58 New York State parks and historic sites on the budget chopping block will re-open after a three-way agreement was reached among the Assembly, the Senate and Governor David A. Paterson.

The original plan had included the closure of our local park, Bayswater Point State Park. Bayswater Park compromises 12 acres at the tip of Mott Avenue and juts out into the Mott Basin on the eastern shore of Jamaica Bay.

Pheffer says that the park is an ideal habitat for migrating and nesting birds and is a favorite spot for fishing, nature study and enjoying the beautiful sunsets over New York City.

“Know that our economy has forced many New Yorkers to look toward ‘staycations’ as an option for summer enjoyment, and our State parks play a large role in providing enjoyment and recreational opportunities for many. That is why I, along with my colleagues, worked diligently to ensure that our great State parks remain open for all to enjoy,” said Pheffer.

The parks produce about $1.9 billion in annual sales for private businesses in areas near the parks, as well as $440 million in employment income, Pheffer says.

Considering the benefits of the state parks, especially the one in Bayswater, versus the expenses incurred by the State in operating them, the parks generate $5 for every $1 spent, official records show.

“The residents of our community are fortunate to not only have our wonderful public beaches to enjoy, but they can now, once again, take pleasure in exploring the beautiful Bayswater Point State Park,” said Pheffer.

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