Valley Stream State Park, Valley Stream

#18 of 25 in Nature in Long Island
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Valley Stream State Park is a 97-acre (0.39 km2) state park located in the village of Valley Stream in Nassau County, New York. The park is one of three state parks located in the Town of Hempstead on Long Island. Like Hempstead Lake State Park, Valley Stream State Park contained Cornell's Pond, a feeder reservoir for the Ridgewood Reservoir.

This park opened in 1928 together with Southern State Parkway, Hempstead Lake State Park, Belmont Lake State Park, and Heckscher State Park. Initially the park included Cornell's Pond, which had a freshwater beach that charged an admission fee of 10 cents. Crowded and unsanitary conditions led local residents to lobby for its closing. In 1958, the state to transferred the park's southern portion with this pond to the Village of Valley Stream. It reopened as the village-operated Arthur J. Hendrickson Park.
Valley Stream State Park is a day-use facility, convenient to the Southern State Parkway (exit 15A). The park offers a nature trail, cross-country skiing, a playground and playing fields, horseshoe, volleyball, basketball, and bocce ball courts, picnic tables and pavilions, fireplaces and grills, and recreation programs. Pets are not permitted.
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  • Really nice picnic park. Great for a walk and BBQ spots. Great for children and a way to get some great outdoors.  more »
  • They have a great walking/running and biking path all around a nice lake. There is even a part to trail run which I enjoy.  more »
  • I have been visiting this park once a year for 10 years and it's always a great time. There is a kids park and a basketball court and poles for volleyball. Just have to remember there's no generators allowed in the park so everything must be battery operated. Also to get to the park early for a good spot and 8$ parking. The last time you can enter the park is at 6 and park officially closes at dusk.
  • I liked the park. Grills were available. We had a great time. The kids went to the play area. Swings plus....even saw ducks in the brook. Good fun.

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