Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

December 08, 2021

George Gorman
Regional Director, Long Island
625 Belmont Avenue
West Babylon, New York 11704
(631) 321-3501

Planning for Nissequogue River State Park

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is developing a Draft Master Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft MP/DEIS) for Nissequogue River State Park, located in the Hamlet of Kings Park, Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York. The State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process requires OPRHP to develop a Scoping Document that describes proposed components of the Draft MP/DEIS. We invite the public to provide input on the Draft Scoping Document. Please see details below.

The Draft MP/DEIS will include proposals for natural, recreational, historic and cultural resource prioritization, protection, recordation and interpretation. Continued maintenance, rehabilitation, and/or improvements may be proposed for existing park infrastructure; day use areas, sports and recreation facilities; historic structures and landscapes; conservation areas; site circulation, pedestrian and vehicular access points; wayfinding and trail signage, and more.

The Draft Scoping Document describes potential environmental impacts and mitigation of those impacts that may be adverse. Areas are evaluated with respect to impacts including land, water, wetlands, air, biological resources/ecology, historic and archeological resources, scenic resources, recreation, open space, traffic/access, public health and safety, energy, noise, and odor.

An online version of the Draft Scoping Document is available at the following publicly accessible website:

Non-digital copies of the documents can be obtained from the Agency Contact listed below, Nicole Garofolo. There will be additional opportunities for public input on the plan when Draft MP/DEIS is released.

Comments on the Draft Scoping Document are welcome via email or in writing (see details below). The comment period begins Wednesday, December 8, 2021, and comments will be accepted until close of business on Friday, January 21, 2022.

E-mail comments to:

Written comments may be mailed to: Nicole Garofolo, Environmental Analyst, Long Island Regional Office, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, P.O. Box 247, West Babylon, New York 11702.

If there are any questions, please call George Gorman, Regional Director, Long Island Region at (631) 321-3501, or e-mail