Reader Feedback: Holtsville Ecology Center Ideas

Several readers have been writing in what they think should be done with Holtsville Ecology Center.

A few readers have written into Patch regarding their ideas to avoid a possible closing of Holtsville Ecology Center. Here they are below, add your own thoughts to the comments:

Irene: The Holtville Ecology Site is a wonderful place and gives such a positive environment to local residents. I am sure many wouldn't mind paying a small fee to see the animals. I have seen school groups and tourists come there. Many people take there pre school children there for a positive learning experience. 
I do walking, biking and running there and come from Patchogue to enjoy the center. It would be awful to see this site close.

C. Triolo: Non residents should certainly pay a nominal fee for zoo admission or pool admission. A fee to park is another alternative. I have no doubt periodic fund raising events would be popular as well.

Wendy Hollowell: The zoo could require a fee. Perhaps $1 per adult, children free. That would help. Nothing else should be charged. And this is if absolutely necessary.

pat ross October 02, 2012 at 12:09 AM
i have a wonderful idea ......how about an Ecology Center .....???? find another place to cut ..............
Donna Marie Smith October 02, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Maybe a yearly charge for residence like $25.00 for the year unlimited use and for non residence a charge per visit just saying hate to see this wonderful place close. My feeling is they are not telling the truth of what they really want to do is sell the land for real estate. How sad we all are struggling these days and this one place we can go to relax have fun with the family and not go broke.
Mike pisano October 02, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I like all of the above noted ideas. I am not a resident, but I take my kids there frequently. I would happily pay $5 to walk about. Where else can you see all of this for that price?
Jo Chris October 02, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I was told we need 4 votes on the board to make this a yes. they are working on it and should know by end of month. all the above ideas are great! :)
Tracy Rietmann October 02, 2012 at 01:02 AM
<<My feeling is they are not telling the truth of what they really want to do is sell the land for real estate.>> Donna, I thought the same thing, but I spoke with an employee at the Center who told me that since the property was previously a landfill it can not be used for residential or commercial development. Unfortunately that means that the Town would simply throw a lock on the gate and walk away.
Meredith October 02, 2012 at 02:05 AM
They have all kinds of charity walks for all sorts of things. Why not one for the center? What about having a carnival in the fall and summer on site to raise money? They do the Christmas lights for the holidays are there other ways to raise money to help keep the costs free? I wouldn't mind paying a fee if needed. I like the $25 family membership if events couldn't raise money. Also what about selling plants out of the nursery?
Linda October 02, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I am sure most people, schools, groups would gladly pay a reasonable fee to get into the zoo and if they sent out a request for donations like the fire department does I am sure they would get a large donation annually. They never even announced there was an issue or tried - seems like one of the above posters may be right, they just want to sell off the land for big bucks!!!
Mike October 02, 2012 at 12:05 PM
How about selling raffle tickets, say for $1.00 each, and this gives you admission to the ecology center plus a chance to win something. Prize could be a Hotlsville Ecology sweatshirt, hat, etc. Could also sell these as souviners.
margaret October 02, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Any responsible planning group, be it government or private, should provide free open spaces for it's population. With all the taxes we pay, it's hard for me to believe that this wonderful site can't be kept open. There have to be other places that can be cut. Are businesses/developers getting tax breaks? Bennies? Could we cut back garbage collection to one day a week? Could we turn off the lights on the Ocean Ave. "runway?" Are we paying for more sand on the beach? I'd cut all of that before I'd start charging for the Holtsville Center.
k J Ryan October 02, 2012 at 12:21 PM
how about an open air restaurant/ cafe privately owned, paying rent, serving healthy, local foods?
k J Ryan October 02, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Regardless, the Center is a treasure for the residents and cannot be abandoned, shut down or sold. It is by and for the residents and necessary for maintaining a certain quality of life. Those who vote against the Center will be voting themselves out of their positions, come election day.
Fabienne Gardiner October 02, 2012 at 12:42 PM
In the winter, starting in November through end of December they could have vendors hold a Christmas market, like they do in Europe everywhere. Christmas lights strung and small cabanas with neat gifts. Just another idea.
candy volkommer October 02, 2012 at 03:04 PM
love this idea
Toni Acunzo October 02, 2012 at 04:40 PM
The staff and workers and security workers there are awesome! They all work very hard. My entire family has enjoyed and love The Holtsville Ecology Site for many years. Please do whatever it takes to keep it open. Thank you for any consideration. Toni
Ben Vitale October 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Stroll through the park and then have lunch; great idea!
Ben Vitale October 02, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Mr. Politician! What is it about 27,000 votes and "Likes," that you do not understand? A resounding scream from the residents of Brookhaven, and you continue to do what the politicians of Brookhaven have always done; " they hear but do not listen." If these 27,00 thousand people associate your name with the demise of the Ecology Center; you stand no chance of being elected, even if you are running for "Dog Catcher." I personally would pull the issue "off of the Table," immediately!
madeline gallo October 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Louis Minafra October 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I say we FIRE the board, get some concerned citizens to take there places. I'm sure with those savings we can not only save the site, we could probably expand the site. If the government is involved you know there is waste and corruption!
Louis Minafra October 02, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Again, does anyone know who came up with this and who is supporting the closing. It should be published! Can Patch find out?
madeline gallo October 02, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Renee October 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Anyone that enjoys the benefits of the Ecology Center should pay an admission fee. If everyone really cares about it being possibly closed down, they should be willing to pay a reasonable fee to help out. Not just non-residents, but everyone!
fred October 03, 2012 at 01:23 AM
They should bring back the holiday light show, to go along with it.
fred October 03, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Even though I hate the thought but if it would help, what about getting a corporate sponsor
margaret October 04, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Yes, please give us the names of the people who are even considering this so that we can vote against them next election. Please publish names!
Ben Vitale October 04, 2012 at 10:30 PM
The proposed Brookhaven Town Budget was submitted by Mark Lasko, former Brookhaven town Supervisor. Closing of the Holtsville Ecology Center, is in this Budget Proposal. Mark Lasko resigned from his position. In my opinion 27,000 signatures' and "likes," constitutes a Mass Protest. What does it take to get our Acting Supervisor and Six Councilmen to "do something?" The new budget has not yet been voted upon. If "our town" were on fire, the Fire Department would be called, immediately. The fire to protect our Holtsville Ecology Site, does indeed burn in the hearts of 27,000 resident taxpayers in Brookhaven Town! I am personally disappointed with the response of our Brookhaven Town elected officials. In lieu of the dramatic response to the suggestion of closing the Ecology Center, I feel that a statement from our incumbent politicians would be appropriate. It is not desirable for a politician to have the term aloof, associated with his name. Our Politicians should have an emergency meeting, see the flames, and make an immediate public statement stating that the Holtsville Ecology Center will be preserved. 27,000 taxpayers including myself, do not want to sit at one of your meetings to plead for their treasured Ecology Center!
joan senator October 05, 2012 at 12:08 AM
There will be a meeting about the Holtsville park next Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Jewish Center on Oak St. in Patchogue. I am not sure of the time, but if interested in attending, you can call the center.@475-1882
James Gagnon October 05, 2012 at 01:28 AM
It's just sad that no one saw this coming.. They should have been charging a small fee 20 years ago and they (we) wouldn't be in this situation...
Mary Winch October 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
My dentist's husband is a vet who is into saving dolphins, whales, birds, etc...there are many pet owners who may be able to set up a not-for-profit organnization or put the Holtsville Ecology park on and existing NYS Wildlife Rehabilitation center - There are plenty of them upstate catering to the local wildlife (turlles, ducks, etc.) just Google NYS Wildlife Rehabiilitation to see info on 3 day conference ending tomorrow (Suunday). I would volunteer to participated in fundraising.
Ben Vitale October 06, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Mary: I am not on the Ecology Center Committee. I would hope that a member of the committee will see your post, and contact you. It may be a good idea to paste your comment on their Facebook Page. I still would like to see our Politicians, do what they are being paid to do; solve problems. Honestly I would like to see the Committee plan a protest, with the intent of getting 50,000 people to attend! Brookhaven refused to listen to 27,000 people, maybe 50,000 people would get their attention! I stand beside myself!
Louis Minafra October 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I'm not sure that this crisis was not just fabricated, just to see what they can get away with. There are probably dozens of pet projects, more for personal gains then we will ever know that can be cut or reduced to keep the center. WE need to know the who's and why's first.


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