Map of future sought for former Kings Park Psychiatric Center

Nineteen years after Nissequogue River State Park opened on the grounds of the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center on Long Island’s North Shore, officials are seeking a master plan to decide how best to use what is now a 521-acre site. 

Rob Freudenberg, vice president of energy and environment for the Manhattan-based Regional Plan Association, said the park "could be one of the crown jewels of the New York State Parks system.” But its size, complicated history and cleanup cost present challenges, he said. “Everyone can imagine the park they want without having to consider the consequences. With a plan, you weigh the opportunities with the costs.”

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