Sandy's wreckage closes most LI state parks

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Citing safety issues in the aftermath of the superstorm Sandy, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced Wednesday the closing of most Long Island parks.

The closings are the "result of various safety issues including loss of power, hundreds of fallen trees and thousands of hanging tree limbs, severely eroded beaches, as well as inaccessible and damaged boardwalks, all of which are potentially harmful and dangerous conditions to park visitors," the state agency said in a news release.

The release also said the condition of some park roadways, many of which are impassable after the storm, and the eastbound lane of the Ocean Parkway, which has collapsed, limiting access to South Shore beaches, were factors on the closings.

Included among the closed parks are:

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Belmont Lake State Park

Bethpage State Park

Brentwood State Park

Brookhaven State Park

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

Camp Hero State Park

Captree State Park

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

Cold Spring Harbor State Park

Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Gilgo State Park

Sunken Meadow State Park

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Heckscher State Park

Hempstead Lake State Park

Hither Hills State Park

Hither Woods State Park

Jones Beach State Park

Montauk Downs State Park

Napeague State Park

Nissequogue River State Park

Orient Beach State Park

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

Robert Moses State Park

Sag Harbor State Park

Shadmoor State Park

Trailview State Park

Valley Stream State Park

Walt Whitman Birthplace

Wildwood State Park

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