A popular park in eastern Tioga County has reopened after being closed because of concerns that rising water might cause problems.

Town of Owego officials ordered Hickories Park to be shut down Tuesday night as a precaution. The Susquehanna River near the temporary park entrance had been rising following the heavy rainfall over the past several days.

The park was back in operation in time for the scheduled Wednesday evening concert and fireworks program. The facility also reopened for camping.


Hickories Park sustained extensive damage as a result of the September 2011 flood.

Owego town supervisor Donald Castellucci earlier this year told WNBF News that the park would close on September 9 so more work could be done at the entrance.

The temporary entrance is set up to allow a single lane of traffic to get in or out of the park.

Castellucci had said a planned bridge that's to be constructed at the entrance was expected to cost more than $600,000.