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Irene affects Smithtown parks

Hoyt Farm Town Park is a popular summer

Hoyt Farm Town Park is a popular summer spot for Commack families. The park includes a water park, baseball field, picnic area and animal farm. (July, 18, 2011) Photo Credit: Alexi Knock

Hoyt Farm Park in Commack remained closed Wednesday because of downed power lines caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

Town of Smithtown parks director Charles Barrett said the park would not reopen until the Long Island Power Authority removes a live power line. He said he does not know when the line will be removed.

“A big tree came down, pulled on the power lines and pulled the line down,” he said.

In Fort Salonga, Callahans Beach, which was closed starting Sunday because of erosion caused by Irene, reopened Wednesday. The beach, a Smithtown Town park off Route 25A, lost 40 feet of sand bulkhead to the storm, town officials said. The park remained closed Monday and Tuesday while the bulkhead was restored. Trees that had blocked the park’s entrance have been removed, Barrett said.

Town crews Wednesday were cleaning up debris in the town’s other parks. “We got off pretty good,” Barrett said. “It definitely could have been a lot worse.”

Above, Hoyt Farm Park


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