The Suffolk County Marathon and Half Marathon will start and finish at Heckscher State Park in East Islip on September 13, 2015. The race starts promptly at 8:00 am and all race participants must be in the park by 7:00 am due to road closures.
Access to the following in Heckscher State Park will be closed to the public on the day of the marathon:
There will also be some road closures in the park and exiting traffic will be redirected to the east bike path entrance during the race.
The following fields will still be accessible to the public: Field 3, Field 4, Field 7, Field 8
For more information about the Suffolk Marathon please visit http://www.suffolkmarathon.com/
Information on Lottery Process for Use of Heckscher's Cricket Fields (2015)
Heckscher State Park was once the 19th century estates of George C. Taylor and J. Neal Plum. William Nicoll, founder of the Town of Islip, originally built his estate on this property. The park was bought by the State of New York using a donation by the affluent August Heckscher with strong opposition from wealthy local residents. It was one of Robert Moses' most difficult fights to obtain land for public recreation on Long Island. Only with assistance and support from then Governor Alfred E. Smith was Moses able to close the deal on this beautiful property fronting the Great South Bay.
The 1,600 acres of Heckscher State Park on the south shore of Long Island are used by park visitors for a number of outdoor activities; primarily, the park's shady picnic groves provide the idyllic spots for family and group picnic outings. Large open fields are used for soccer, cricket, lacrosse, and other field sports. Four miles of paved, multi-use trails attract bicycle riders, walkers, and nature lovers. In addition to stunning views of the Great South Bay with Fire Island as the backdrop, visitors see whitetail deer, a variety of birds and other wildlife.
The Great South Bay is a great park resource, providing opportunities for bay swimming, boat launching, sail boarding, kayaking, and canoeing. Other popular activities in the park include: picnicking, biking, sports fields, walking, jogging, scenic viewing, nature observation.
3 pavilions are available by Permit Only. Find out more information on picnic pavilion reservations and view the options available.
Fall Nature Programs
For information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.
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