The public currently has two opportunities to contribute to state park master plans. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (ORPHP) is engaged in an ongoing effort to create and update management plans for its parks and historic sites. The master plan lays out a vision for the park and guides natural resource protection and public recreation.It also reviews the current conditions at the park and make recommendations for improvements to existing facilities as well as new facilities to meet visitor needs.
Read PTNY’s recent article that the park master planning process engages the public and reminds them that they essentially own the parks.
Rockland Lake State Park Complex
The Rockland Lake State Park complex in the lower Hudson Valley includes Rockland Lake, Hook Mountain, Nyack Beach, and Haverstraw Beach State Parks, A public information meeting regarding the preparation of a Draft Master Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the complex was held in March and public comments are currently being accepted. An information packetcan be viewed online and written comments and suggestions may be submitted until April 27.
John Boyd Thacher and Thompson’s Lake State Parks
OPRHP is also developing a new master plan for John Boyd Thacher and Thompson’s Lake State Parks outside of Albany. The public can provide comments at an open house at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. No decisions about the elements of the master plan have been made so this gives members of the public an opportunity to contribute comments about the future of the parks at the earliest stage of planning. Additional meetings will be held in May (dates, times and locations to be announced).
For more information about the open house and the new master plan, contact Salim Chishti, Park Planner.