Free family fishing for Valley Stream residents
July 4, 2013 by Mark
The last weekend in June this year saw around 450 people gather at Hendrickson Park to take part in some fishing, courtesy of Valley Stream officials and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The weekend of free fishing, named ‘I Fish Valley Stream’ was the first weekend of fishing to take place in the village for decades and saw people of all ages hurrying to register. The event was promoted, possibly utilizing the local poster printing services of a reputable print company, so that people could apply ahead of the event.
Although a license is usually required for fishing, the weekend of June 29-30 was declared license free by the authorities. Fishing in the lake at Hendrickson Park had been previously banned because of the negative effect it had on the ecosystem. The Mayor of Valley Stream, Ed Fare, said that he was always being asked whether people could fish in the lake and that request has finally been honored for one weekend only. The fish that were caught during the weekend were immediately released back into the water, and barbs without hooks were used to catch the fish.
The deputy village clerk, Rich DeAngelis, along with the director of recreation, Tom Roberts, created fishing stations on the east and west sides of the lake. No fishing was permitted on the north or south of the lake. Although bait and 200 fishing poles were provided for the weekend, anyone who had their own fishing pole was asked to bring it along.