Christopher Morley Park
|Christopher Morley Park provides a range of recreational activities and beautiful hiking trails.|
In 1966, nine years after Christopher Morley’s death, the writer’s friends and neighbors had the Knothole transferred to one of Nassau County’s parks in Roslyn-North Hills, subsequently named Christopher Morley Park. The renovated Knothole includes built-in bookshelves, a fireplace and a bunkbed. But the public has been most intrigued over the years by the Knothole’s “dymaxion” bathroom, which was designed in 1936 by Morley’s friend, Buckminster Fuller, the renowned scientist and inventor. It is a one-piece, pre-assembled unit.
The park provides numerous opportunities for recreation:
- Athletic fields include three baseball fields (softball and hardball, including Little League) and volleyball courts.
|The playground at Chrisstopher Morely Provides a variety of activities.|
- There are unreserved and reserved (fee) picnic areas, which include barbecue equipment. Leisure Pass and fee required for reserved areas; call 516-571-8113. See "News & Events" below for more information.
- The park features a 9-hole, par-30 golf course. The course is 1,603 yards, with holes ranging from 97 yards to 267 yards.Click here for link to Nassau County Golf.
|The ice skating rink is open six days a week in winter.|
- Christopher Morley’s outdoor ice skating rink, a community fixture since 1966,was named by News 12 Long Islandviewers as the best outdoor skating rink on Long Island. The facility, which is 200-feet by 80-feet, is used by recreational skaters and hockey teams. The ice rink opens the Saturday after Thanksgiving through mid-March (weather permitting). Group and private lessons are available; ice charter rentals for parties and hockey teams are also available.
- Hours: There are two-hour sessions on the following days: Mon. -Tues. at 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m; Wed. at 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Fri. at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sat. - Sun. at 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. There are no public sessions on Thursday.
- Click here For Public Rink Hours
|The pool is a popular summer destination|
- The outdoor swimming pool complex includes an Olympic-sized pool, diving tankwith boards and a “kiddie” pool. Lockers and showers are available. Swimming pool will be open late June, through Labor Day. Swimming Lessons available.
- Hours: Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Fees (daily): Resident adult, $7; resident child (4-17 years of age), $5; senior, disabled, vol. firefighter, ambulance corps, auxiliary police, veterans, $3; non-resident adult, $15, non-resident child, $10. A Leisure Pass is required for residents to receive the resident rate.
- A dog run is located on the north side of the parking lot by the Christopher Morley "Knothole." The dog run is open year round. Please note that dogs are not allowed in any County parks or preserves, with the exception of the dog runs.
- A Farmer's Market operates at the park on Wednesday's from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is open mid-May through late November.
Christopher Morley "Knothole":
|The interior of the Knothole, the writing studio used by Christopeher Morely.|
The Christopher Morley “Knothole” is a tiny one-room wooden cabin formerly used as a studio by prominent 20th-century Long Island editor and writer Christopher Morley (who authored such novels as “Thunder on the Left” and “Kitty Foyle”); it was later transported to the park. The facility is located by the dog run and is open occasionally for public programs.
In 2006, the County completed renovation work on the Knothole. The renovations involved replacing damaged siding, a task that required creating new siding to replicate the thick and irregularly shaped “wavy”-edge style of the original. The renovations also included adding a new roof, flashings, rebuilding windows and window sills. The porch was also refurbished and new handicapped-accessible ramp was installed.
To reach Christopher Morley Park, take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 36/Searingtown Road exit (from east or west). Take Searingtown Road North and look for the park entrance on right (about 200 yards from the LIE).