HECKSCHER STATE PARK
Heckscher Parkway extension of Southern State Parkway to the end.
The park juts into Great South Bay in East Islip.
1920s -- the park was to be named "Deer Range State Park" when mining magnate and philanthropist August Heckscher donated $262,000 for purchasing land.
1924 -- Robert Moses, Long Island State Park Commission president, began a crusade to turn the unoccupied land into a state park. What ensued was a five-year legal battle.
1929 -- the park opens. Governor Al Smith heard a millionaire complain that the park would be "overrun with rabble from the city" and replied, "Why, that's me," and signed the papers for the new park.
Beaches, camping and fishing facilities and nature trails.
(Cynthia Blair, Newsday Names of Long Island; http://www.newsday.com/features/custom/names)
shore, meadow, and woods.
The Long Island Greenbelt Trail starts here at the east end of parking field 8 on the edge of Great South Bay.
Sept. 9, 2000
Bidens coronata (northern tickseed sunflower)
Eriophorum virginicum (cotton grass)
Hypericum gentianoides (orangegrass)
Hypericum hypericoides var. multicaule (St. Andrew's Cross) 1999 Skip Blanchard
Iris prismatica (slender-leaved iris)
Jasione montana (sheep's bit)
Polygala cruciata (cross-leaved milkwort)
Quercus stellata (post oak)
Rhexia virginica (meadow beauty)
Spartina pectinata (freshwater cordgrass)
Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)