The Construction of Long Island’s State Parks and Parkways

Authored by Mireille E. Stürmann

An image of a 1929 map of the state parkways and parks on the Western portion of the South Shore of Long Island

State Parkways and Parks of the Western Section of the South Shore of Long Island


In the 1920’s, the concept of leisure was changing. With the assembly line and mass production techniques shaping a new workweek, and the rates of car ownership skyrocketing, the people of New York City had time and mobility previously unknown to the working and middle classes (Caro, 1974, 143-144). Continue reading