Address

1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552

Phone Number

(516) 766-1029

Date Visited

11/27/21

Website

Link to Website

Hempstead Lake State Park – Environmental & Resiliency Center

Description


The Environmental & Resiliency Center in Hempstead Lake State Park is located at 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead. There is an entire row of accessible parking close to the entrance ramp.

Double doors lead to the one floor exhibit area. There is ample space to navigate.

There are multi-stall restrooms with a large, accessible stall, as well as a single-occupancy, accessible, family restroom with baby-changing station.



Checklist

    Attraction Type:  museum, park
    Number of handicapped spaces:  *
    Location of handicapped spaces:  close to the ramp to the entrance
    Surface of lot:  paved
    Distance to venue:  close
    Transportation to venue offered:  na
    Terrain:  a bit hilly
    Places to rest:  benches
    Paths and walkways:  concrete circular walkway to entrance
    Location of handicapped entrance:  main entrance
    Doors:  double doors
    Number of floors:  1
    Elevators:  na
    Ramps:  concrete ramp to entrance
    Steps and staircases:  seven steps to entrance
    Width of aisles:  ample space to navigate
    Places to sit:  benches inside and outside on wooden deck
    Location of restrooms:  off of exhibit area
    Type of restroom:  There are multi-stall restrooms with a large, accessible stall as well as a single-occupancy, accessible, family restroom with baby-changing station
    Ease of entry and exit:  good
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  none
    Friendliness of staff:  very friendly and helpful
    Notes:  * There is an entire row of accessible parking spaces.

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On a pleasant, late November day, we ventured to Hempstead Lake Park to see its new Environmental Education Center.  Parking was quite easy in the paved, parking lot. A row of accessible spaces are located close to the Center.


Getting to the double door entrance requires walking up seven steps or using the circular, concrete ramp. 


Once inside we found ourselves in the midst of several, interesting, interactive exhibits. There is ample room to navigate, as well as several benches if one needs to sit for a bit. There is also an outdoor deck with benches and a lovely view. 


The Environmental and Resiliency Center, newly opened in September, 2021, it is a  “…unique hands-on, learning center, focused on environmental management and storm resiliency. The goal is to connect the community with the natural environment by providing outreach and educational programming.” (website).


It is “…a place to teach the public about climate change and protecting the environment as well as a command and coordination post during disasters and emergencies.”  (LI Press, 9/24/21)


From what we saw, this seems like a great place to combine educational opportunities with a visit to the park.


The center is open seven days a week, offering nature programs for scouts, schools and the public. 


It’s nice that the Center is located close to one of the park’s playgrounds, Just across the road work is going on for what will be a wooden landing at the lake.


As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website, https://parks.ny">https://parks.ny>gov>parks>hempstead lake, when planning a visit, to “know before you go,”



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