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Children enjoy one of the climbing attractions at Centennial Park's new playground.

Centennial Park

Roosevelt, Centennial Avenue and Babylon Turnpike; centrally located near the South Shore
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A 2-ACRE COMMUNITY RESOURCE, this newly renovated park provides a variety of recreational activities, including a new state-of-the-art playground equipped with eight swings, climbing apparatus and slides; a dozen basketball hoops; and two new color-coated tennis courts.

In addition to the new playground, Centennial includes a dozen basketball hoops with fiberglass backboards, two color-coated tennis courts, paddleball, handball courts and picnic tables. The beautifully renovated basketball courts feature fiberglass backboards and color-coated courts. Basketball legend Julius Erving ("Doctor J"), who grew up in the area, played ball at these courts as a youngster. This property is one of the earliest park properties owned by the County, having been acquired in 1938. A small additional parcel was added in 1970.


To reach Centennial Park, take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 21 South (Nassau Road). Proceed down Nassau Road to Centennial Avenue. The park is located on that corner.




Nassau County Announces 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, four half-courts and 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, handball courts and picnic tables. Basketball legend Julius Erving (“Doctor J”), played ball at the park as a youngster.


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.