Day: Overcrowding at Rockland park causing public safety hazard

Posted: Updated:
VALLEY COTTAGE -

A state park in Rockland is getting some unwanted attention over concerns about overcrowding and public safety.

"There comes a moment when we say enough and that moment has been reached,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day about visitors at Rockland Lake State Park in Valley Cottage.

News 12 saw a steady flow of people coming in and out of the park, but nowhere near the amount of people coming in on weekends or holidays that Day says is causing 'mayhem' off the grounds and is a public safety hazard.

VIDEO: Rockland residents concerned about overcrowding, safety at state park

Day says the increasingly large crowds are too much for park police to handle and that local, county and state officials now need to be involved.

Representatives for Rockland Lake State Park say it can accommodate 10,000 people, but that there are only half as many parking spots.

They say they're aware of the concerns and are happy to address them to accommodate public safety.

A meeting between park officials, law enforcement and state representatives is set for July 25.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."