New Athletic Fields, Mini-Golf Course, Fishing and Picnic Pavilions & Dog Run
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, County Legislator Steve Rhoads and New York State Senator Michael Venditto today announced that Wantagh Park will undergo major improvements including new athletic fields, a new mini-golf course, picnic pavilions, lighthouse, dog run, fishing pavilion, renovated and expanded administration/marine club, and new restrooms.
“My administration is committed to improving the quality of life and recreational opportunities for our residents,” said County Executive Mangano. “Wantagh Park has been an integral part of Nassau County for decades and this historic park is a recreational centerpiece of the South Shore community. These improvements will give the park a complete restoration and I am excited to see residents enjoy the new and improved amenities that Wantagh Park has to offer.”
Improvements to Wantagh Park will include:• Four new turf synthetic athletic fields; • 10 new picnic pavilions; • Renovated and expanded administration building/marine club;• Dog run;• Fishing pavilion; and• Restrooms near the playground area.
Recently completed projects include:• New 18-hole nautical themed mini-golf course;• New lighthouse near the marina.
The four new turf synthetic athletic fields were funded through the County’s Capital Plan and $450,000 provided by Senator Michael Venditto.
Wantagh Park, located in Southeastern Nassau County at 1 King Road, 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. Wantagh Park offers the following activities:
Athletics/Physical Activities:• five tennis courts and one basketball court; and• Athletic fields include three softball fields and one baseball field, two of which are lighted (permits required).
Fitness Trail:• 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.
Family/Kids:• An 18-hole miniature golf course;• A playground located at the north end of the park;• Reserved picnic areas, which include barbecue equipment and one sheltered area (permit required).
Swimming:• A swimming complex includes an Olympic-sized main pool, a diving pool, a “kiddie” pool, training pool, an interactive water-play area and two water slides (30 foot). The pool complex includes various conveniences, including lockers, showers, a concession stand, and lounge and deck chairs.
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, weather permitting; and• Marine boat slips are also available. Dog run:• A dog run includes separate areas for big and small dogs. Please note that dogs are not allowed in any County parks or preserves, with the exception of the dog runs.
Other:• Bocci and horseshoe courts are available, along with a game area for chess and checkers and a senior citizen gazebo.
For more information on the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums please call (516) 572-0200 or visit the website at www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.