County Park System
Nassau County manages more than 70 parks, preserves, museums, historic properties, and athletic facilities comprising 6,000 acres throughout the county. These range from the 930-acre Eisenhower Park in East Meadow to the beautifully renovated 2-acre Centennial Park in Roosevelt to the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove.
The parks system provides a tremendous variety of experiences for residents and other visitors. Eisenhower Park features the Nassau County Aquatic Center, one of the finest swimming facilities in the country, along with three excellent 18-hole golf courses, including the championship “Red” course. In summer, Eisenhower’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre is a center for entertainment, including a full schedule of concerts and classic movies under the stars.
Winter & Summer Activities
Cantiague Park has an outstanding indoor ice skating rink that hosted Olympian Nancy Kerrigan. Eisenhower Park includes the Northwell Health Ice Center, Current practice facility for the NY Islanders. It has 2 indoor rinks as well as a state of the art outdoor rink. Christopher Morley and Grant Park have outdoor rinks. Viewers of News 12 Long Island have called the Cedar Creek Park playground the best on Long Island. The Mitchel Athletic Complex provides joggers and strollers with an outstanding track, and local baseball, soccer, and football leagues with a number of fine athletic fields.
Little leaguers and others can also avail themselves of the scores of sports fields located throughout the parks system. Dog-owners own a piece of the parks as well, with parks like Christopher Morley, Eisenhower and Wantagh providing dog runs so pets — along with their owners — can exercise and socialize. And on those hot July and August days, five parks provide kids and adults with outdoor pools for cooling off.
Museums & Preserves
Meanwhile, the Garvies Point and Sands Point Preserves offer visitors access to a historic and magnificent North Shore property with a variety of trails and homes, framed by the Long Island Sound.
That facility is joined by numerous other preserves and museums run by the county, such as Tackapausha in Seaford, which provides a window into many of the natural habitats of Long Island. The African American Museum in Hempstead has a steady schedule of exhibits and programs celebrating both local and national African American artists and historical figures, while the Cradle of Aviation Museum chronicles Long Island’s many contributions to American aviation.
In a densely populated area like Nassau County, the parks system plays a critical role in preserving open space, providing outlets for physical activities, and generally enhancing the quality of life. The government of Nassau County encourages all residents to make use of the wealth of wonderful assets in the county’s parks system.