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Volunteers needed for Nissequogue River State Park

Nissequogue River State Park (May 2000)

Nissequogue River State Park (May 2000) (Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Volunteers are needed to help clean up Nissequogue River State Park in Kings Park on March 25.

The annual cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon starts at the park’s administration building at 799 St. Johnland Rd.

Participants will receive trash bags, gloves, garbage grabbers, free snacks and beverages. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing, work shoes or sneakers and should bring sunscreen and bug spray.

Students will receive volunteer certificates.

The cleanup is sponsored by the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation.

The 153-acre park is located on a portion of the closed Kings Park Psychiatric Center.

The state has awarded a $6.4-million contract to an Indiana company to tear down four former hospital buildings at the park, which opened in 2000. Another 11 buildings will be razed on a 365-acre portion of former hospital land that is controlled by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and closed to the public.

Tags: Kings Park

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