Eclipse Brings Park Viewing; Schools Prepare for Event

Residents hoping to catch a good look of Monday’s solar eclipse are invited to West Hills County Park, which has a viewing field by the picnic areas and dog park, Suffolk County said Friday.

The announcement was one of several made about the plans to make viewing easier or avoid problems as schools let out during the eclipse.

The South Huntington district bought eclipse glasses for its students and brought them through a mobile planetarium called StarLab.

Some schools are keeping athletes indoors for the first part of practice after school to reduce distractions or avoid the possbility of students viewing the phenomenon without eye protection. Section XI has moved all games scheduled for the day to 4:30 starts.

Other county parks with free and open viewing area are: 

  • Smith Point County ParkShirley: offers unique spot for beachfront eclipse viewing, allowing visitors to watch from either the parking lot or while sitting in the sand along the shore. 
  • Gardiner ParkBayshore: has a large open field that is perfect for an eclipse picnic.
  • Raynor Park, Lake Ronkonkoma: offers open space by the soccer fields.
  • Southaven County Park, Yaphank: access to a large ballfield that is perfect for looking skyward. 
  • West Hills County Park, Huntington: has a viewing field by the picnic areas and dog park. 
  • Montauk County Park, Montauk: allows residents to experience the eclipse from the Eastern most point of Suffolk County.

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