Woodlawn Beach State Park

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Woodlawn Beach State Park
Woodlawn Beach State Park is located in New York
Woodlawn Beach State Park
Location of Woodlawn Beach State Park within New York State
Type Regional park
Location S-3580 Lakeshore Road
Blasdell, New York[1]
Nearest city Buffalo
Coordinates 42°47′25″N 78°51′01″W / 42.790157°N 78.850258°W / 42.790157; -78.850258Coordinates: 42°47′25″N 78°51′01″W / 42.790157°N 78.850258°W / 42.790157; -78.850258
Area 93 acres (0.38 km2)[2]
Created 1996 (1996)[2]
Operated by Town of Hamburg
Open All year
Website Woodlawn Beach State Park

Woodlawn Beach State Park is a 93-acre (0.38 km2) park located near the Village of Blasdell on the eastern shore of Lake Erie in Erie County, New York, U.S.A.

History[edit]

View of Woodlawn Beach in 1896.

Woodlawn Beach was historically a popular swimming location and resort during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Served by several trains and steamships, Woodlawn Beach at this time featured a hotel, restaurant, dancing hall, bowling alley, billiards hall, toboggan slide and a 30-acre (0.12 km2) picnic grove.[3]

Access to the beach was restricted after the 1950s, when new owners disallowed public use of the land. The beach was once again opened to the public after New York State purchased the property from Buffalo Crushed Stone in 1996. The $6.3 million acquisition was made with the assistance of the Trust for Public Land.[2]

The park was operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation prior to 2011. However, after a period of closure due to state budget constraints, since 2011 the park has been operated by the Town of Hamburg through a ten-year partnership agreement with New York State. Although still struggling to cover expenses, the town has had some success by marketing the park's features, such as its beach, restaurant and banquet facilities.[4] Losses have continued to decrease in the years since the town's takeover of park operations.[5]

The "2010 Woodlawn Beach Sanitary Survey Report" completed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation notes several potential bacteria sources which may affect the beach, including sewage overflows, stormwater outfalls, urban runoff, contaminated stream drainage, algae and leafy debris.[citation needed] Woodlawn Beach was identified as the third most polluted swimming beach in New York State after failing 32% of water sample tests in 2011.[6]

Facilities[edit]

The park offers a beach, hiking, playground, picnic areas and a bar and restaurant. Kayaks and paddle boards are available for rent, and the park is available for parties and weddings.[4] The Lodge is available by rental only.

The park is open for day use all year, but swimming is permitted only during summer months. The beach is open from dawn until dusk seven days a week beginning Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. There is a $7.00 USD parking fee. Active military (with ID) are discounted to $5.00 USD as well as motorcycles. Monday - Friday senior citizens (62 years and older) may enter the park free of charge.

The park accepts Empire Passes and Access Passes issued by New York State.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. "Woodlawn Beach State Park - Getting There". Nysparks.com. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Governor Pataki Announces State Purchase of Woodlawn Beach". State.ny.us. May 8, 1996. Archived from the original on December 18, 2004. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ Pauls' Dictionary of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Tonawanda and Vicinity. Buffalo, NY: The Peter Paul Book Company. 1896. pp. 169–170. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b O’Brien, Barbara (May 28, 2012). "Sun, sand and ‘success’". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ Barbara O’Brien (July 22, 2014). "Woodlawn Beach Bounces Back". The Buffalo News. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ Natural Resources Defense Council. "Testing the Waters: New York". NRDC.org. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 

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