KINGS POINT - Residents in Kings Point are at risk of losing a beloved 5-acre patch of North Shore forest.

The Village of Kings Point wants to use the property to construct a Department of Public Works building. The village has been looking to build there since 2009.

The century-old forest is beloved by neighbors, who make use of its trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.

Opponents argue that the property is protected under the Public Trust Doctrine, which says land cannot be used for non-park purposes once it has been deemed a park. Daniel Capruso, who has lived next to the property for 12 years and opposes the DPW plan, says the village already owns another piece of property suitable for the DPW building. According to Capruso, the village won’t utilize that space because it’s been earmarked for residential development.

“The last thing we need is more McMansions,” says Capruso.

The village is appealing to the Court of Appeals in Albany to hear the case.