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200 Harbor Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790

(631) 689 - 0619

09-10-2017

Avalon Park and Preserve

Avalon Park is located at 200 Harbor Road, Stony Brook, NY. Parking for the Park must be found on the street or at the Stony Brook Village Center.  Parking for the Preserve can be found in two small parking areas (see website map for details).

The Park has bluestone, boardwalk, and crushed stone walkways, with stone steps. One can easily access the first bench by bluestone and boardwalk. After that wooden steps are required to reach the gazebo like structure, where there are more benches. Then it is stone steps to the  top. There are no restrooms or garbage cans at this venue.

 

CHECKLIST

Number of handicapped spaces:
0
Location of handicapped spaces:
at Stony Brook Village Center parking lot
Surface of lot:
paved
Distance to venue:
about two blocks
Transportation to venue offered?
na


Terrain:
parking lot is flat
Places to rest:
none
Paths and walkways:
bluestone, boardwalk, crushed stone,


Location of handicapped entrance:
no entrance doors, this is a park
Doors:
none


Number of floors:
1
Elevators:
0
Ramps:
wooden ramps on part of walk
Steps, Staircases:
stone steps on part of walk
Width of aisles:
lower paths are wide
Places to sit:
boardwalk has a bench, up wooden steps there are more benches


Location of restrooms:
no restrooms at this venue
Type of restroom:
Ease of entry and exit:
Baby changing station:
no


Available food services:
one


Friendliness of staff:
no staff


Notes:
Parking for the Park is on nearby streets, or in Village Center. Parking for the Preserve is available at two small locations. Check website map for details.


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A hidden gem on Long Island – that’s Avalon Park and Preserve!  We found it quite by accident on Google. It seemed like a good place to check out on a beautiful Sunday morning, and it was!  Driving down Main Street, it is easy to see the pond (at Harbor Road) and not realize what there is behind it.  There is no parking lot here, but we were able to park close by, on the street. Parking can also be found in the Stony Brook Village Center parking lot (which has a number of handicapped spaces scattered throughout), about a block away.  The pond, with its ducks and swans, is lovely. We walked the gravel path looking for a sign for Avalon Park. Although we did not immediately find a sign, we did see a number of people walking  from the other direction. We made our way back to the bluestone walkway and followed it up Harbor Road. It was here that we found the entrance sign to the park. “Avalon Park is the re-creation of the natural environment that greeted the first indigenous people to settle New York State. Its five distinct natural habitats populated entirely by native flora hold the story of our past…” (website). After visiting here it seems unimaginable that all of this is a “recreation.”

We followed the bluestone path, which led to a boardwalk, then wooden steps, and on to crushed stone and stone steps. The first bench is easy to access (on the wooden walkway), the next benches are in a gazebo like structure, which require taking the wooden steps. After that the crushed stone and stone steps are somewhat steep. I did not make it to the top as I was worried about the return. As I sat and waited for my “better half,” I was taken by the beauty and tranquility of this place. The website tells of hiking  and biking trails, and a labyrinth. We were unable to find our way to the labyrinth without steps and will return another day to look for it. There is limited parking in  two, small, unpaved locations if you are going to the Preserve for hiking, etc. (check the website map for details).

The website says that this is a “…tranquil space for all to enter and enjoy…”  So true! If you want a beautiful, serene location, Avalon Park is not to be missed, no matter how far you can go. It is privately owned, yet free, so don’t hesitate to check it out.

Be warned -  there are no restrooms or garbage cans here.

As always we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.avalonparkandpreserve.org when planning a visit,  to “know before you go.

 

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200 Harbor Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790

(631) 689 - 0619

09-10-2017