By Susan Grieco
An aerial view of the "crowned jewel, Jones Beach.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced plans for a $65 million renovation for Jones Beach State Park, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year.
The project aims to bolster the tourism industry and enhance the quality of life on Long Island that is vital to attracting and maintaining new businesses. Plans are in place to restore historical features of the beach complex, strengthen storm resiliency and expand recreational opportunities.
“The Jones Beach Revitalization Plan is one of our most historic projects, and it will help to grow our tourism industry and help bring jobs to Long Island communities,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We are excited to offer New Yorkers the opportunity to enjoy and explore the new Jones Beach for generations to come.”
Over the next five years, the plan calls for capital improvement projects mostly funded by the NY Works initiative. According to state officials, Jones Beach has welcomed more than 63 million people during the past decade for events like fireworks, the Bethpage Air Show and concerts at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.
“Jones Beach visitors have a real romanticism with this park,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “With Governor Cuomo’s historic annual commitment to our state park system, we are primed to fund this revitalization plan so that Jones Beach can be enjoyed by future generations.”
After a study was conducted to assess the park’s needs, the Office of State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation created the revitalization plan, which it says will create more than 600.
The revitalization will encompass a number of changes:
- Restoring historical grandeur. The park’s major buildings, including the east and west bathhouses and the Central Mall buildings, will be rehabilitated. The work will include the creation of cultivated gardens, the introduction of native and natural vegetation, and the restoration of the Central Mall lawn and fountain as well as the park’s historic brick and stone buildings.