Quality Parks was given access to the Suffolk Pine Barrens Trail Center to engage the public in a broader discussion as to why a publicly owned building rededicated to Raymond P. Corwin, with much fanfare, closed the following year. All are welcome to review the current cooperative license agreement, and consider best building use options for the coming year. More than sixty citizens voiced their concern and signed a petition to Reopen The Pine Barrens Trail Center. The afternoon event will also include: regional trail developments, volunteer recruitment, and offer a short workshop on sharpening tools relevant to the Quality Parks Master Naturalist certification program. Both government leaders, citizens, and local nonprofits (who could benefit from this public meeting place) are welcome to join us in a shared discussion focused on reopening the Pine Barrens Trail Center.
The Pine Barrens Trail Center is located in Manorville, NY. It is located a short distance north on Route 111, (Exit 70 on the LI Expressway). It is on the right side of the road. There's a large gravel parking lot.
There will be two scheduled open houses:
- Oct 24 (Monday) - 1 -5 pm
- Oct 29 (Saturday) - 1-5 pm
- 1-1:30 - Volunteers Bring Materials and Setup Displays
- 1:30-2:00 - Networking & Welcome
- 2:00-3:00 - Review Cooperative Use License Agreement & Best Building Use Options for Next Year
- 3:00-3:30 - Learn about Trails, Hand Tools, with a sharpening tool demonstration
- 3:30-4:30 - Regional Review of Trails. Trouble spots. Best locations to start exploring the pine barrens.
- 4:30-5:00 - Clean up and close building
We received a permit from Suffolk County Parks for building access before the building is winterized. For more information, please review our pubic access timeline on the Pine Barrens Trail Center.
Quality Parks is a professional organization sponsoring projects to improve both business and environmental conditions by balancing social, economic and environmental concerns. We disseminate information, develop and provide experiential learning opportunities, and support efforts designed to stimulate, encourage, educate, and involve the general public in natural resource stewardship practices. We are a federally registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, since 2000, based on Long Island, NY
The Pine Barrens Trail Center is one of the few like-minded public access meeting places within the Long Island Pine Barrens, yet it is “permanently closed,” according to GOOGLE. Quality Parks was given access to the building by Suffolk County Parks at the beginning of the season for a community talk about the Peconic Estuary. We then requested access on a monthly basis, and were told to contact the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference (LIGTC). Quality Parks contacted LIGTC, reviewed the relevant license agreement, and anticipated a broader open house discussion among all stakeholders as to why the building has been closed since its rededication to Raymond P. Corwin.