Today my adventure with nature was a 3 mile walk in the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve. According to the web site:
?…one of the most outstanding, and certainly most unique, parks in Nassau County. It is not because it has natural ponds, creeks, marshes or woodlands? in fact it is completely made by humans. What makes it so unusual is that it is the highest point and the only hill in the South Shore of Nassau County.
Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve is the former Merrick Landfill. Sixteen years after the landfill was closed, the Town of Hempstead smartly transformed it into a public park.
Opened in 2000, it is now a ? mile-long narrow hill, 115 feet high, providing the best view, a 360-degree panorama, on Nassau County?s South Shore. From its top, Manhattan?s skyline can be seen, 24 miles to the west.
The 50-acre park boasts 3.3 miles of groomed trails, a boardwalk across a restored wetland, exercise stations and an information kiosk about recycling and solid waste treatment. On the hilltop, there is an osprey nesting platform, two summit ponds with water birds, and a working windmill that circulates the water of the ponds. On the shore are a fishing pier and a kayak launch site.?
It was really a very nice walk. It is hard to imagine but it is quite beautiful there. The pathway is wide and covered in broken and crushed shell. We were able to walk three abreast and have conversations since the uphill grade is just right to make itself known in your thighs but not to leave you gasping. It was an extremely windy day (trees had been downed all over the metropolitan area) and chilly with low clouds zipping by overhead. A three-layer day, sweatshirt, hoody and jacket. At the ?summit? – lo and behold – the Manhattan skyline could clearly be seen and obvious buildings (Empire State) picked out even though everything was too teeny to photograph.
The wildlife walked right up to me. Someone in the group mentioned this was part of the “tick control”.
I?m thinking it would be an enjoyable place to take a daily walk. I think I?ll try it one of these Saturdays (oh, yeah – I have a Saturday job now – keep forgetting) or Sundays when there should be more people around. I get creeped out being in parks alone when they are too under-populated. Sends shivers down my spine – just got one as a matter of fact.