Those wishing to explore the Nora Bredes Preserve at Forsythe Meadow County Park in Stony Brook now have a starting point, after Suffolk County added a parking area at the entrance to the preserve as well as split-rail fences at its boundaries.
Suffolk County Legis. Kara Hahn, D-Port Jefferson, said in a statement it is the first in a series of improvements to the area that will enhance residents' ability to enjoy the preserve.
“Forsythe Meadow defines the natural beauty of the Stony Brook area,” Hahn said in a statement. “With the completion of this initial work, Suffolk County will finally be able to showcase the preserved wonders of this park and signals our commitment to improving access for all to enjoy.”
According to Hahn, preliminary plans for a trail and other improvements are in the works. She said if no room is available in the newly added parking area, visitors should park along Hollow Road rather than the shared driveway nearby.
The preserve and parklands were acquired by the County in 1999, squashing plans to develop it. In April, the County renamed the preserve after former Legislator Nora Bredes, who served that legislative district from 1992 to 1998.
"It has been the community’s wish to see this Park accessible since it was purchased over a decade ago," Hahn said. "With this and the other improvements planned, it finally will be."