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Popular NY State Park Damaged by Sandy Will Open

Popular NY State Park Damaged by Sandy Will Open
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Officials say the storm damage at the park was extensive.

A popular Long Island state park that suffered extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy is set to open Saturday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday Orient Beach State Park will open after officials rebuilt the entrance roadway and repaved about 2,120 feet of the Orient Beach State Parkway. Cuomo says a protective layer of stone designed to protect areas from erosion was also installed.

Cuomo says the storm damage at the park was extensive. All of the park's buildings were flooded and the storm surge damaged or destroyed dozens of trees, lifeguard shacks and picnic tables.

State officials say the popular four-mile park on the North Fork of Long Island gets about 350,000 visitors annually.