Cedar Creek Park
Seaford, Merrick Road east of Wantagh Avenue
On-site staff: Yes
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NEWS BRIEF: Beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, non-Nassau County residents will be charged a $10 parking fee on weekends.
Cedar Creek Park has been part of the County park system since 1975 and is located in the southeast part of Nassau County, in Seaford. This 259-acre park offers the following activities:
|The large playground at Cedar Creek has been named "Best of Long Island" by the Long Island Press.
- There are eight tennis courts (Leisure Pass required for reservations);
- eight handball/paddleball courts;
- and two basketball courts.
- Athletic fields include two softball fields and four soccer fields (permits required). Multipurpose fields are used for football and lacrosse (by permit)
- There are 1.5-mile and 1-mile paths that can be used for jogging or walking, as well as a bicycle path.
- In December 2006, the playground at Cedar Creek was named "Best Playground of Long Island " by Long Island Press, the weekly newspaper. Previously, the playground was judged by News 12 Long Island viewers as the best on Long Island.
- Unreserved picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-serve basis; three reserved picnic areas can accommodate 100 people (Leisure Pass required). For more information, see "News & Events" below.
- A roller rink is open year-round and is available for charter, weather permitting.
- Sled hills are open during January and February, weather permitting.
|The tether car track at Cedar Creek, available by permit, draws hobbyists from around the world.
- A dog run includes separate areas for big and small dogs; it is located just down from the park's administration building. Please note that dogs are not allowed in any County parks or preserves, with the exception of the dog runs.
- There is a regulation-sized archery range open to the public, dawn to dusk seven days a week, year-round. Archers must bring their own equipment, but the range is free and varies from 25 yards to 100 yards in length.
- An aerodrome field designed for radio-controlled model airplane hobbyists is available and regularly hosts model-aircraft shows. An "Academy of Aeronautics" card is required for a permit (call 571-7470).
- A tether-car race track, available by permit, is one of the few such tracks in the U.S. and draws hobbyists from around the world. The cars required for the track can cost from $500 to $2,000 and can reach speeds up to 200 mph.
Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 27 South (Wantagh Parkway). Exit off the Wantagh Parkway at W6 (Merrick Road East). Continue down Merrick Road for approximately half-mile and look for the park entrance on your right.
Aerodrome at Cedar Creek Park Named in Honor of World War I Ace
During World War I, Major Raoul Lufbery won acclaim for his exploits as a fighter pilot, valor that ultimately cost him his life in the air above Lorraine, France, in May 1918. On May 23, 2011 the flyers who use the aerodrome at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford commemorated Lufbery’s heroism and memory by dedicating the facility in his name, as announced by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
The decision to name the aerodrome after Lufbery has historic precedent: Toward the end of World War I, the area that now incorporates the park and the Cedar Creek sewage treatment plant served as a military air base and was named “Lufbery Field” after the fallen pilot. The more prominent Mitchel Field air base was created at the same time and named after Major J. Purroy Mitchel.
“Since the flyers who use the aerodrome were aware of the history of this area, and of Lufbery, we thought it would be a great idea and appropriate to honor the major in this way,” says Charles Lando, chairman of the Committee to Honor Major Raoul Lufbery and a hobbyist at the aerodrome. “We are very pleased that the County felt similarly and approved this initiative.”
Each year, the radio-controlled flying field at Cedar Creek draws hundreds of hobbyists who use the facility for recreation as well as more formal air shows. The aerodrome, which was created in the 1960s, is located on the southern end of the park behind the guard booth, close to the water.
County Parks Accepting Picnic Reservations
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announces that reservations for the coming season may be made at Nassau County parks. Reservations can be made for the following parks:
Reservations must be made in person at park locations, and a valid Leisure Pass and appropriate payment (fees depend upon group size) must be presented to obtain a confirmed reservation. Payment can be made by cash, check (made out to “Treasurer of Nassau County”) or credit card (at some locations). “Rain-or-shine” shelter areas are available at Cedar Creek Park, Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park, Nickerson Beach Park and Wantagh Park.
County regulations require that 75% of all picnic participants be Nassau County residents. A special permit is required for the use of alcoholic beverages, and this permit must be purchased at least one week in advance of any reserved or unreserved picnic. To make catering arrangements, patrons must contact the park concessionaire, Dover Caterers, at 516-933-4444, ext. 12 or 16. Picnic reservations must be secured from the individual park before catering can be arranged.