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Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park

Roosevelt, Lakeside Drive and Washington Road
On-site staff: Yes

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Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park, with a central South Shore location, is located by the Roosevelt Preserve and incorporates a beautiful lake along with numerous recreational activities. Arthur Mackey has been part of the county park system since 1984 and offers the following activities:

Athletics/Physical Activities:

  • There are two tennis courts;
  • two handball/paddleball courts;
  • two full basketball courts and four half-courts;
  • and a baseball field.


  • A new and large playground area provides a range of activities for youngsters.
  • There are both unreserved and reserved picnic areas (Leisure Pass and fee required for reserved areas; call 516-571-8692).


  • The lake at Rev. Arthur MacKey Park provides a beautiful setting for a stroll, a jog or some quiet time relaxing on one of the numerous benches that line the walkway.

To reach Arthur MacKey Park, take Southern State Parkway East to Exit 23/Meadowbrook Road (not Meadowbrook Parkway) South. Take Meadowbrook Road to Washington Avenue. Make a right onto Washington and take over the Parkway to Lakeside Drive (
across from United Cerebral Palsy/UCP). Make a right onto Lakeside and go to the park entrance on the right.



County Parks Begin Accepting Picnic Reservations

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announces that reservations for the coming season may be made at Nassau County parks beginning in February. 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.


Nassau County Announced Completion of Roosevelt Parks Renovations

Nassau County announced the completion of renovation work at two County parks in Roosevelt, Reverend Arthur Mackey Park and Centennial Park.

At the 27-acre Rev. Arthur Mackey Park, improvements include the creation of new pathways, the installation of new benches and construction of a gazebo. The park, part of the county system since 1984, offers residents two tennis courts, two handball/paddleball courts, two full basketball courts and four half-courts.  The park also has a baseball field.

In addition, the lake at the park provides a beautiful setting for a stroll, a jog or some quiet time relaxing on one of the numerous benches that line the walkway.

Nassau County has also completed work on a new state-of-the-art playground at the 2-acre Centennial Park (pictured at right). The new playground continues the renovation of the park that began three years ago, when the county renovated the large basketball court area by installing color-coded surfaces and fiberglass backboards.

The new playground, built on the park’s former parking lot, is equipped with eight swings, a variety of challenging climbing apparatus (including one that incorporates a spider web-like tangle of ropes), several slides, and comfortable benches. The playground also has a “Pour&Play” safety surface. Labor for the installation was donated by American Recreational Products of Bohemia, Long Island.

In addition to the new playground, Centennial includes a dozen basketball hoops with fiberglass backboards, two color-coated tennis courts, paddleball and handball courts, and picnic tables. Basketball legend Julius Erving (“Doctor J”), who grew up in the area, played ball at the park as a youngster.