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Island Park is a village located in Nassau County, New York on the South Shore of Long Island. The village spans approximately 0.4 square miles and is home to just under five thousand New Yorkers as of the 2010 United States Census. A popular motto of Island Park is The Little Town that Can. The village is part of the Outer Barrier, a string of barrier islands that divide the lagoons of southern Long Island from the Atlantic Ocean. The outer barrier extends seventy-five miles along the south shore of Long Island, New York, from Rockaway Beach on be border between NYC and Nassau County to Suffolk County's east end of Shinnecock Bay. Island Park also includes the unincorporated areas of Harbor Isle, directly East, and Barnum Isle, directly west. These communities add an additional five thousand residents to the Island Park Village. Originally a community of summer bungalows, today Island Park boasts some of the most desired waterfront properties in Nassau County. Its development was originally planned as a recreational area, boasting a community of vacationers in the 1920s. As property value increased during the 1960s the number of permanent residents increased as well. In recent years the village has undergone a revitalization made possible by Operation Downtown grants from Nassau County. Improvements include new brick sidewalks, shrubbery, lighting, and more. Island Park Public Schools serve the students of Island Park from kindergarten through the eighth grade. The Francis X. Hegarty School teaches kindergarten through the fourth grade and the Island Park Lincoln Orens Middle School serves students in grades five through eight. From here, students transition to either West Hempstead High School or Long Beach High School. The Long Island Public Library was formed in 1938 serves a community of nearly 9,000. An island itself, Island Park is bordered by the Island Park Channel, Hog Island Channel, Barnums Channel, and Reynolds Channel. Public transportation is available to the community via the Island Park stop of the Long Island Rail Road. In combination with MTA New York City Transit, the commute to Manhattan is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. By car, this trip takes approximately one hour via the Cross Island Parkway. Island Park is immediately accessible to Long Beach via Long Beach Boulevard. The area has miles of beaches as well as a small number of parks and country clubs.

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