Bayswater Point State Park, a plane spotters’ paradise that juts out into the Mott Basin of Jamaica Bay in Far Rockaway, is one of 41 parks and 14 historic sites state parks officials have recommended shutting in the fiscal year starting April 1.
“The unfortunate reality of closing an $8.2 billion deficit is that there is less money available for many worthy services and programs,” Gov. David Paterson said in a statement. “In an environment when we have to cut funding to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and social services, no area of state spending, including parks and historic sites, could be exempt from reductions.”
Although few residents are hip to it, those who are in the know frequent Bayswater Park to birdwatch, stroll its quiet beach and observe airplanes as they take off and land just feet away at nearby Kennedy International Airport. The park comprises 12 acres and is made up of beachfront, wetlands and woodlands.
— Lisa Fogarty