December 6, 2012 . . . Kings Park Civic Association releases information regarding St. Johnland and their proposed Uplands project. See Click here for letter.
July 13, 2012 . . . During a community meeting on June 14th, the State advised that they will be creating a website that will keep the community updated during the cleanup project. The website is online today. The website’s address is www.kppccleanup.com. See Kings Park Notebook for details.
June 14, 2012 . . . New York State Parks and Recreation holds a meeting at the Nissequogue River State Park to update community members on the status of the upcoming Phase 1 demolition project at the park. Click here for update.
April 6, 2012 . . . TPA sends a letter to Senator John Flanagan asking the Senator to request that New York State Parks provide a date certain to begin the master plan process for the Nissequogue River State Park. Click here for the March 27th letter.
March 9, 2012 . . . New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey today announced that a $6.4 million contract for a demolition project at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center has been awarded to National Salvage & Service Corporation Click here for press release This is wonderful news as it is well under the November 10, 2010 Remediation Study estimates. Finally, progress! CLICK HERE for Newsday article.
January 26, 2012 . . . The Park Advocate, along with the Kings Park Civic Association, met with Senator John Flanagan and discussed several issues surrounding the NRSP. These items included the Senator’s goals for the upcoming year regarding the progress of the park's re-development. He will continue attempts to obtain additional funds for the park's remediation and will begin to work on the process of implementing a master plan. The St. Johnland Swap was also discussed and further exploration will take place. CLICK HERE for info on the St. Johnland Swap.
January 25, 2012 . . . 20 bids have been received for the NRSP Fast Track Demolition Process. For both the Base Bid Buildings and the Alternate Bid Buildings, the lowest bid has come in at $6,378,000 and the highest at $24,087,000. This is great news as it is well under the November 10, 2010 Remediation Study estimates. The bid review process is beginning and the winner should be announced in a month or two.
December 6, 2011 . . . The bid process has begun for Phase 1 Demolition. The RFP has been published in the State's Contract Reporter this morning.
CLICK HERE Contract No. NR 2009-2, Nissequogue River State Park Kings Park Property Fast-Track Building Demo.
November 10, 2011 . . . Phase 1 Demolition at the Nissequogue River State Park is finally slated to begin. Bid advertisement will begin in late November - with a bid due date of January 21st. Anticipated Field Program Initiation is May 2012 and Anticipated Field Program Completion is November 2013. CLICK HERE for NYSP's November 10th presentation.
October 18, 2011 . . . NY State Parks and Recreation announces the release of the necessary funds to move forward with Phase 1 of the demolition plan at the Nissequogue River State Park. CLICK HERE for the State Park's announcement. Demolition is expected to begin in May. This is a first step in the rehabilitation and redevelopment of this Park. The next step must be a masterplan for the entire Park.
August, 2011 . . . At the Park Advocate’s urging, Senator Flanagan sends a letter to Commissioner Harvey asking her to facilitate the release of funds to begin the phase 1 demolition plan of the Nissequogue River State Park. CLICK HERE for Senator Flanagan’s letter.
November 30, 2010 . . . Now that the remediation study is complete, the next logical step is the creation of a master plan. This next milestone must be vigorously pursued.
COMMENT: 11 of the 57 buildings on the 368 acres in which the study encompasses are already slated for demolition and the funding already secured, yet these estimated costs are included in the highly publicized, no-bid, $215 million dollar figure. The 11 buildings, along with their attributed clean up costs, should be subtracted from the study's asserted total.
November 9, 2010 . . . Meeting with State Parks reveals their assessment of the total cost of clean up and remediation of the 368 acres of the former KPPC as ..... wait for it ..... 215 million dollars. Note that this number does not reflect the real amount, as the State did not put the project out to bid.
CLICK HERE for the "Kings Park Psychiatric Remediation Study Summary."
CLICK HERE for Newsday coverage
May 28, 2010 . . . Good news: All Long Island State Parks are to remain open. Bad news: The Environmental Protection Fund has been raided to do so.
May 4, 2010 . . . State Parks has advised that the marina at the Nissequogue River State Park will be opening as soon as possible. This does not effect the status of the entire Park, which is currently on the list to be closed because of budgetary reasons. The Park's immediate future awaits the State budget being passed ALONG WITH the necessary money allocated to State Parks to keep the parks open. This news, however, is encouraging.
March 24, 2010 . . . Another step closer to keeping parks open. As of today, both the state Assembly and Senate are separately recommending about $11 million in restorations to keep the parks open.
CLICK HERE for article.
March 22, 2010 . . . The New York State Senate moves towards rolling back Governor Paterson's proposed park closures.
CLICK HERE for article from TimesUnion.com regarding the Senate's resolution.
March 11, 2010 . . . CLICK HERE for a list of LI parks that have received funds through the Land & Water Conservation Fund.
March 7, 2010 . . . TPA sends a letter to the Governor advising that any state parks that may have projects, either present or past, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program, or lands acquired through the Federal Lands to Park Program, may have protected status.
CLICK HERE for this letter.
March 4, 2010 . . . The "Save Our Parks" petition has been sent, with almost 400 names, to the Governor, Senator Flanagan, Assemblymen Fitzpatrick and Englebright and NYS Parks Commissioner Ash, demanding our state parks not be closed. Many thanks to all who signed and passed the petition around.
February 26, 2010 . . . Commissioner Ash responds to Senator Flanagan's February 12th letter.
CLICK HERE for Commissioner Ash's response.
February 25, 2010 . . . Senator Flanagan sends a follow up letter to Commissioner Ash asking for more information regarding the proposed park closures an to advise that he will vigorously fight any attempt by State Parks to divest itself from jurisdiction over and the responsibility to remediate and redevelop the former KPPC property.
CLICK HERE for the Senator's letter.
February 24, 2010 . . . Our LI Senate Delegation send a letter to the Governor opposing the closure of NY State Parks.
CLICK HERE for the Delegation's letter.
February 20th Rally Opposing Park Closures
CLICK HERE for CBS coverage
PARK ADVOCATE ALERT
Several State Parks are in jeopardy of being closed, including the NRSP.
CLICK HERE for TPA's letter to our elected officials and State Parks Dept.
CLICK HERE for for Senator Flanagan's letter.
CLICK HERE for the NRSP Foundation's letter.
PARK ADVOCATE ALERT
Leaching Fields threaten the Park
CLICK HERE for MEMO
January 26, 2010 . . . The $29 million dollars secured by Senator John J. Flanagan for the cleanup of the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center/Nissequogue River State Park has been reappropriated in Governor Paterson's 2010 proposed budget.
January 10, 2010 . . . At the request of NYSP, the firm of Fay, Stofford and Thorndike is conducting a study to analyze the costs of any potential remediation of York Hall. The cost of this study is coming from the $29 million dollars that has been secured by Senator Flanagan in the past. It is important to note that State Parks is only assessing costs and there are no plans at this time for any specific reuse of this building. We hope to post the study once it is completed.
October 15, 2009 . . . State Parks responds to TPA's September 22nd letter regarding the County’s proposed sewage effluent recharge system on Park property.
CLICK HERE for response.
October 1, 2009 . . . KPCA letter to County Executive Levy voicing opposition to the County's plan that would locate leaching fields at the Park.
CLICK HERE for letter.
September 23, 2009 . . . NRSP Foundation's letter to County Executive Levy voicing concern about the County's proposal to locate leaching fields for a sewage treatment plant at the Park.
CLICK HERE for letter.
September 22, 2009 . . . TPA sends a letter to Commissioner Ash concerning the County’s proposed sewage effluent recharge system on Park property.
CLICK HERE for letter.
September 22, 2009 . . . TPA sends a letter to the County asking for details regarding their proposed sewage effluent recharge system on Park property.
CLICK HERE for letter.