Beaver Island State Park
|Beaver Island State Park|
|Location||Grand Island, New York|
|Area||950 acres (3.8 km2)|
|Operated by||New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation|
|Visitors||276,888 (in 2014)|
Beaver Island State Park is a New York state park located on Grand Island in northwestern Erie County, New York, in the United States. It is situated at the southern end of the island on the bank of the Niagara River and served by the Beaver Island Parkway, a 2.72-mile (4.38 km) highway linking the park to Interstate 190 (I-190). The park features several amenities, including a USGA-recognized championship 18-hole, par-72 public golf course.
- History 1
- Recreation 2
- Beaver Island Parkway 3
- See also 4
- References 5
- External links 6
The present day Beaver Island State Park comprises several historic Grand Island estates of Buffalo's elite including:
- The George E. Matthews
- River Lawn - summer home and estate of Elbridge G. Spaulding and his heir's (including Frank St. John Sidway)
- River Lea - summer home of Lewis Allen, the uncle of US President Grover Cleveland, is located within the park.
The park offers a beach, picnic tables with pavilions, recreation programs, a nature trail, birdwatching (including swans, pelicans, and herons), seasonal waterfowl hunting, fishing and ice-fishing, sledding, cross-country skiing, cross country running, snowshoeing, sledding and snowmobiling, a boat launch with marina and dockage, and a food concession. The park's nature center is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Beaver Island State Park is home to the Blue Heron Disc golf course, an 18-hole, 4,000-yard (3,700 m) disc course completed in 1999, and a USGA-recognized championship 18-hole, par-72 public golf course stretching 6,779 yards (6,199 m). The latter course is open from mid-April until mid-November, weather permitting.
Beaver Island Parkway
Beaver Island Parkway, also known as South Parkway, is a 2.72-mile (4.38 km) parkway connecting its namesake park to I-190 (the Niagara Section of the New York State Thruway) and New York State Route 324 (NY 324) near the South Grand Island Bridge. This roadway is a four-lane divided expressway, and there are no driveways leading to and from the roadway. However, there are at-grade intersections along the route. The parkway is within the jurisdiction of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation but is maintained and inventoried by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as NY 957B, an unsigned reference route.
All junctions on the route, excluding those with West River Parkway and I-190, are at-grade intersections. At the northern end of the parkway near East River Road, an additional ramp connects to I-190 northbound via NY 324 westbound and Staley Road.
- Route description
Beaver Island Parkway begins at a traffic circle with West River Parkway and Park Road at the entrance to Beaver Island State Park. It heads north as a four-lane divided highway, initially passing through wooded areas on the northern edge of the park. As it leaves the vicinity of the park, the woods around the highway gradually give way to residential neighborhoods. The parkway intersects a few local roads as it turns northeast and comes to its terminus at an interchange with I-190 and NY 324.
- Major intersections
|0.00||0.00||West River Parkway||Traffic circle|
|0.50||0.80||CR 577 (Bush Road)|
|1.97||3.17||CR 548 (Love Road)|
|2.31||3.72||I-190 south / New York Thruway south / NY 324 east||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|2.72||4.38||CR 11 (East River Road)|
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
- "The History of Grand Island". isledegrande.com. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- "2008 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 359. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
- ClassicBuffalo.com WNY Outdoors
- New York State Parks: Beaver Island State Park