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Shadmoor State Park

Shadmoor State Park
World War II-era observation bunker rising above the shadbush at Shadmoor State Park
Shadmoor State Park is located in New York
Location of Shadmoor State Park within New York State
Type State park
Location 900 Montauk Highway
Montauk, New York[1]
Nearest city Montauk, New York
Coordinates
Area 99 acres (0.40 km2)
Created 2000 (2000)
Operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors 44,235 (in 2014)[2]
Open All year
Website Shadmoor State Park

Shadmoor State Park is a 99-acre (0.40 km2) state park located in Suffolk County, New York in the USA. Created in 2000, the park is located in Town of East Hampton on the South Fork of Long Island, one-quarter mile (0.40 km) east of the hamlet of Montauk.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Park description 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Prior to becoming a park, the land was used as part of the coastal defense system for New York City during World War II. Two concrete observation bunkers from that time remain visible at the site.[3] It was also part of Camp Wikoff where troops led by Theodore Roosevelt were quarantined after the Spanish–American War.

Attempts to purchase the land to preserve it as a public park had been ongoing for years prior to the park's creation in 2000. After the previous owners won approval to subdivide their property into several residential lots, preservation efforts intensified. The parkland was purchased in October of 2000 for $17.7 million, with the cost split between New York State ($5.6 million), the Town of East Hampton ($5.5 million), Suffolk County ($5.4 million), and The Nature Conservancy ($1 million).[4]

Park description

The park, maintained by the Long Island Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, features more than 2,400 feet (730 m) of beach and 100-foot (30 m) bluffs along the Atlantic Ocean.[3][4] The park is largely undeveloped, and has no infrastructure beyond elevated platforms for birdwatching and trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. The park also offers accessibility for salt water fishing.[3]

Shadmoor State Park derives its name from the thick shadbush (Amelanchier) found growing atop the bluffs. Also found growing in the park are black cherry trees (Prunus serotina) and the endangered sandplain gerardia (Agalinis acuta).[3][4]

See also

References

  1. ^ NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. "Shadmoor State Park - Getting There". Parks.ny.gov. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. "Shadmoor State Park". Parks.ny.gov. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Rather, John (October 22, 2000). "After 20-Year Effort, Shadmoor's a State Park". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 

External links

  • New York State Parks: Shadmoor State Park
  • Shadmoor State Park trail map


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