Talk Back: What Do You Like About the Holtsville Ecology Site?

Several residents have already been commenting that they would be upset regarding a possible closing of the Holtsville park.

A possible decision to close the Holtsville Wildlife and Ecology Center has quickly led some residents to protest the possibility.

What do you like about the park? Have you visited it recently? Below are a few comments from the Patchogue Patch Facebook Page and the Medford, NY Patch Facebook Page, add your own thoughts below them in the comments section below.

Jennifer Vanderweyde This saddens me because we go to this park often as a family. We have since my daughter was 1 and now she is 14 and we still visit from time to time. It's a great place to visit with little kids.

Elena Napolitano Feldman I took all 3 of my daughters there when they were young, now I take my grandaughter there...makes me sad to see what things are coming to..and what about all those poor animals?..what becomes of them?

Darlene Patricia Giarraputo Mercurio Oh, please don't close the park, my grandkids love it there. I would be willing to pay more taxes to keep it open...

Scott Stratton They should charge a fee or sell a parking pass !! And other town residents should have to pay also and pay more just like if we went to use another town facility I have to pay the fee for not being a resident !!

Melanie Kern-Favilla The budget says they have secured $50K to move the animals. Take the $50K and pay someone to collect fees from non-residents, since the report also says that non-residents use the park more than residents. Seems pretty straight-foward to me.

Scotty September 20, 2012 at 06:41 PM
@lauren--it has zero to do with donating into the donation boxes. We support the site with our tax dollars. Trying to save some money (which will evaporate overnight)by closing this very needed and wanted site (how many places ARE there on Long Island to have fun anyway?) is an exercise in absolute stupidity. The idea should be shelved immediately and taken off the table. A dumb idea from the second it was thought up. All it takes is for Lesko to say: "No--the people of Brookhaven want and need this place where so many love and enjoy spending time. Let's move on and find other ways to cut costs". There--isn't that easy? WHY are we allowing this current Board to MAKE this kind of decision in the first place? They weren't elected to destroy our way of life. The park shouldn't be on the chopping block in the first place. DUMB, dumb, dumb idea!!
mary m. fox September 20, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I love the Ecology Site and have many fond memories of times spent there with my daughter, nieces, and granddaughters. I tiis always a request and favorite with relatives visiting. If money is a problem charge residents$5 for a seasonal pass and out- of- towners $5 to park each visit. This way children can swim, see the animals and appreciate nature and ecology. This Siste is a treasure- do not be "a pound foolish- to save pennies"!! mary fox, now in MA
kevin leahy September 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Kevin Leahy I run the track take the kids to ride their bikes see the animals swim have picinics we've been to various parties simply put it's a big part of alot of our lives and this should never happen because of some politician thats resigned and won't be held accountable
Patchogue September 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I am so upset words can't describe it. Our family goes to the zoo, goes to the pool and walks on the track. My kids love it. Is this for real?
JILL LONG September 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The Holtsville zoo, park and pool add so much to the community. People complain about our society being over weight, if they close the park, it will leave families who take their children to the park out of a place to take them. CHARGE A FEE OF $5.00 TO ENTER THE PARK, EVERYONE WOULD PAY THE FEE AND YOU CAN USE THE FEE FOR ALL THINGS REQUIRED!!!!


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