Designed in collaboration with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP), Hallock State Park Preserve is a 225-acre park located in Jamesport, New York with trail access to the bluffs and beach of the Long Island Sound. Adjacent to the Hallockville Museum Farm and across from Martha Clara Vineyards,
With NYSOPRHP, CA conducted a comprehensive environmental analysis, master plan, design and construction plans for the park. The Master Plan is extensive and includes an evaluation of ecological, physical and historical resources of the currently undeveloped property. The development of the property heightens the access and also protection of the successional maritime forests, maritime shoreline and coastal plain pond, bluffs, and relatively pristine Hallock Pond.
Once called Jamesport State Park, the park was renamed Hallock State Park Preserve to reflect the agricultural history of the area and the Hallock family who owned the property from the 1660s to the 1970s. The park was once a battle site during the War of 1812, and additional former uses include farming, sand mining and summer camp. The development, management, and vegetation restoration will reduce the potential for erosion due to revegetation with native grasses and shrubs, inhibit use of unauthorized ATV vehicles, and improve the protection of Hallock Pond.
The design includes a new 4,000 SF energy-efficient Visitors Center complete with solar panels, geothermal system and additional energy efficiency features. Site development includes a pervious asphalt parking lot, pedestrian plaza, picnic areas, gravel trails leading though the woodland as access to the Sound, and vegetated bioretention basins to collect and filter stormwater runoff. An interior parking lot and access roads will provide pedestrian, bicycle, horse and maintenance and emergency vehicle access from Sound Avenue to within 400’ of the shoreline.
The proposed redesign will continue to allow for future development of other facilities identified in the Master plan such as additional comfort stations, a western woodland access trail, beach access boardwalk, and Jacob’s Hill Boardwalk. Construction is anticipated to be completed in Spring of 2017.