Belmont Lake State Park

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Belmont Lake State Park
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Belmont Lake
Belmont Lake State Park is located in New York
Belmont Lake State Park
Location of Belmont Lake State Park within New York State
TypeState park
LocationSouthern State Parkway Exit 38
North Babylon, New York[1]
Coordinates40°44′N 73°20′W / 40.73°N 73.34°W / 40.73; -73.34Coordinates: 40°44′N 73°20′W / 40.73°N 73.34°W / 40.73; -73.34
Area463 acres (1.87 km2)[2]
Created1926 (1926)[1]
Operated byNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors578,226 (in 2014)[3]
OpenAll year
WebsiteBelmont Lake State Park

Belmont Lake State Park is a 463-acre (1.87 km2) day-use state park[2] located in the Town of Babylon in Suffolk County, New York on Long Island.[4]

History[edit]

Belmont Lake State Park was established in 1926 on land that was formerly part of the "Nursery Stud Farm", a Thoroughbred horse farm owned by August Belmont, namesake of the Belmont Stakes.[1][5]

The park was selected by Robert Moses as regional headquarters for all state parks on Long Island in 1935.[1] The park served as the headquarters of the Long Island State Park Commission and Long Island State Parkway Police from their founding in 1946 until their disbandment in 1977 and 1980, respectively.[citation needed] It now serves as the headquarters of the Long Island region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as well as the New York State Park Police.[1]

Park description[edit]

Belmont Lake State Park is a day-use park, featuring boating and picnicking facilities in addition to playing fields for popular sports. Two modern children's playgrounds are also available. Pedal boats, rowboats and kayaks can be rented at the boat dock during May through Columbus Day, times/days of the week vary, however swimming is never permitted. If you own a kayak, it can be launched ONLY when the boat dock is open and ONLY from the boat dock, free of charge. Boat fees are: Kayaks/$20.00 for 2 hours. Rowboats and Pedal Boats/$15.00 for 1 hour and a half. When the parking fee is in effect, that is $8.00 per vehicle.[1]

The park is located near the Southern State Parkway at Exit 38. Bike and pedestrian entrances exist at several points around the perimeter which are free all year long. Although these entrance points are free, it is illegal to park along the roadway to access them.

Permits may be purchased at the Long Island State Park Headquarters, located on Belmont Avenue at Exit 37N.

The park also contains a bicycle path leading to Argyle Lake in the Village of Babylon.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Belmont Lake State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Section O: Environmental Conservation and Recreation, Table O-9". 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. p. 671. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Belmont Lake State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Natural Heritage Trust; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York State Council of Parks & Recreation (1975). Fifty Years: New York State Parks, 1924-1974. Natural Heritage Trust. p. 21.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Belmont Lake State Park to Argyle Lake, Babylon (Bicycling in New York: NYSDOT)

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