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Byron Lake Park

Byron Lake Park Byron Lake Park in Oakdale is the home of two swimming pools, one of which features a tall water slide. There is also a large picnic area and a small playground.

Byron Lake Park
The pool complex at Byron Lake has two pools, a large adult pool as well as a kiddie pool. The large pool contains intersecting swimming lanes, to allow for bathers to take laps without being interrupted by people splashing around in the larger pool. Although this pool is separate from the kid pool, it doesn't get very deep at any point and is appropriate for older children.

Byron Lake Park
The large water slide is a major attraction at Byron Lake. Admission is two dollars extra for visitors to use the water slide. The deck around the pool is very large and features lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas. Access to the pool deck is through the bathrooms, meaning that if you have an opposite-sex child that is too old to be walking through your bathroom area, you'll have to meet them on the other side. The bathhouse at Byron Lake has a wavy roof architecture that makes it look like you've stepped back into the groovy 1960s.

Byron Lake Park
The kiddie pool is in a separate fenced-in area, with two lifeguards on duty. Spray heads provide a place to play at the shallow end of the pool. The length of the pool is a shallow slope, so that the smallest toddlers can splash around at the entrance while older kids can get in up to their necks at the other end. A chain link fence divides the pool at about the two foot mark.

Byron Lake Park
A long covered pavilion extends the length of the kiddie pool to provide some much-needed shade. There is a lillypad platform in the center of the shallow end that kids love to climb on. There are many benches and chairs throughout this area as well.

Byron Lake Park
Byron Lake itself is located south of the pool complex. The parking lot is large and paved, with different access points to the pool and the playground. There is a paved path that winds around the entire lake. It's a popular spot with the geese, meaning that a stroll around the lake can be a little... hazardous.

Byron Lake Park
The playground is on the opposite end of the lake from the parking lot. It's a bit of a walk from the car to the playground, so taking a stroller for very young kids is a good idea. There is a second public restroom out at the playground, as well as two sets of swings and two playsets.

Byron Lake Park
The large playset features a high corkscrew and covered slide as well as a smaller standard slide. A pair of monkey bars and some limited climbs round out this area. The play surface at the Byron Lake playground is a soft sand, and there are a number of anchored rockers and a spring-powered see saw.

Byron Lake Park
A plastic Little Tykes playset for smaller children boasts a covered pavilion and a short corkscrew. The sandy surface makes for a large sandbox in the center of the set.

Byron Lake Park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The pool hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in July and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in August. Admission is $3.00 for Islip Town residents, $6.00 for nonresidents. Access to the water slides is an additional $2.00 per person.

Byron Lake Park

Official Site: http://www.isliptown.org/
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