Wantagh, 1 King Road, just south of Merrick Road
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A couple enjoy the beautiful water view at Wantagh Park
Wantagh Park, located in southeastern Nassau County, has been part of the county park system
since 1961. Consisting of 111 acres, the park
provides a waterfront location and numerous opportunities for recreation, along with seating areas that allow visitors to relax and enjoy the magnificent view. Among the more unique events taking place at the park is the annual Basset Hound Olympics, which draws particpants from around the New York area.
There are five tennis courts (Leisure
and one basketball court.
Athletic fields include three softball fields and one baseball field, two of which are lighted (permits required).
There are 1-mile and 2-mile walking paths
that can also be used for bicycle riding and jogging.
A two-mile Fitness Trail that provides a jogging or walking trail and 20 attractive and simple fitness stations that incorporate a variety of exercises. These include stretching, pull-ups, sit-ups and balance walking exercises that increase slightly in difficulty as the trail proceeds. The trail begins by the entrance to the park and winds around the park before ending by the marina. See "News & Events below for more information.
A playground located at the north end of the park has apparatus appropriate for toddlers through teens.
There are eight reserved (fee) picnic areas, which include barbecue equipment and one sheltered area (permit required). Leisure Pass and fee required for reserved areas. Leisure Pass and fee required for reserved areas.
There is also a section available for small non-reserved picnic groups. See "News & Events" below for more information.
|The large swimming complex offers a variety of different pools and activities for children and adults.
A swimming complex (fee required) includes an Olympic-sized main pool, a diving pool, a “kiddie” pool, training pool, an interactive water-play area and two
waterslides (30 foot).
The pool complex includes various conveniences, including lockers, showers, a concession stand, and lounge and deck chairs.
Hours: Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fees (daily): resident adult, $7; resident child (4-17 years of age), $5; resident senior, disabled, vol. firefighter, ambulance corps auxiliary police, veterans, $3; non-resident adult, $25, non-resident senior & child, $19. A Leisure Pass is required for residents to receive the resident rate.
Seasonal passes are also available for residents with Leisure Passes, with rates as follows: families ($225); individuals ($90); and seniors ($50).
Boating & fishing:
Launch ramp permits are available seasonally or daily (fee required; permit obtainable at the Park Administration Office).
A fishing pier just beyond the marina is open year-round,
Marine boat slips are also available.
A dog run includes separate areas for big and small dogs; it is located just up from the administation building. Please note that dogs are not allowed in any County parks or preserves, with the exception of the dog runs.
Bocci and horseshoe courts are available, along with a game area for chess and checkers and a senior citizen gazebo.
Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 27 South (Wantagh Parkway). Exit off the Wantagh Parkway at Sunrise Highway East. Make a right onto Wantagh Avenue. Take to the end and make right onto Merrick Road. At first light make a left into park.
Patrons at Wantagh
Park enjoy the fishing pier just beyond the marina.
Mangano: Santa’s Mailboxes Arrive in County Parks from North Pole
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the children of Nassau County will once again be able to send their holiday lists directly to Old St. Nick at the North Pole via a special network of Santa’s Mailboxes at Nassau County Parks, beginning Friday, November 22nd through Monday, December 16th.
The Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums will forward letters to Santa at the North Pole. Letters received by Monday, December 16th with a legible name and return address will be answered by Santa before the holiday. There is no postage necessary.
Colorful red and green mailboxes will be accessible from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily at the administration buildings of the following parks:
- Cantiague Park in Hicksville, (571-7056);
- Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills, (571-8113);
- Grant Park in Hewlett, (571-7821);
- Rev. Arthur Mackey, Sr. Park in Roosevelt, (571-8692);
- Wantagh Park in Wantagh, (571-7460);
- *Eisenhower Park:
- Lannin House at Parking Field No. 8, (572-0348);
- Nassau Aquatic Center at Parking Field No. 1A, (572-0501); and
- Eisenhower Park Administration Building: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., (572-0200).
For more information about Santa’s mailboxes, please call (516) 572-0396 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., or visit Park’s Department website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.
Mangano Announces “Santa in the Park” at Wantagh Park
East Meadow, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced “Santa in the Park” will take place this Saturday, December 7th at 12:00 p.m. at the Wantagh Park Community Clubhouse.
Santa will be arriving in a Fire Truck and all children will have the opportunity to meet with Santa and give him their wish list. Toys, candy, cookies, and hot chocolate will be distributed by Santa’s elves.
About Wantagh Park
Wantagh Park, located in southeastern Nassau County, has been part of the county park system since 1961. Consisting of 111 acres, the park provides a waterfront location and numerous opportunities for recreation, along with seating areas that allow visitors to relax and enjoy the magnificent view. There are five tennis courts; one basketball court; 1-mile and 2-mile walking paths; a two-mile Fitness Trail that provides a jogging or walking trail and 20 attractive and simple fitness stations that incorporate a variety of exercises. Athletic fields include three softball fields and one baseball field, two of which are lighted; and a playground. Bocci and horseshoe courts are available, along with a game area for chess and checkers and a senior citizen gazebo. There are eight reserved picnic areas, which include barbecue equipment, and one sheltered area. The swimming complex includes an Olympic-sized main pool, a diving pool, a “kiddie” pool, training pool, an interactive water-play area and two 30 foot waterslides. There is also a launch ramp; a fishing pier just beyond the marina which is open year-round, and marine boat slips are also available. There is also a dog run which includes separate areas for big and small dogs; it is located just up from the administration building.
For more information about the Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, please call: (516) 572-0200 or visit the website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.
County Parks Begin Accepting Picnic Reservations in February
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announces that picnic reservations for the coming season may be made at Nassau County parks beginning in February. Reservations can be made for the following parks:
Bay Park in East Rockaway (571-
Cantiague Park in Hicksville (571-7056).
Cedar Creek Park in Seaford (571-7470).
Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills (571-8113).
Cow Meadow Park in Freeport (571-8685); during winter, reservations taken at Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park.
Eisenhower Park in East Meadow; Special Activities Bldg., Parking Field No. 8 (572-0348).
Grant Park in Hewlett (571-7821).
Inwood Park (571-7894); reservations taken at North Woodmere Park.
Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park in Roosevelt (571-8692).
Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach (571-7700).
North Woodmere Park (571-7801).
Wantagh Park (571-7460).
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.