By Susan Grieco
An aerial view of the "crowned jewel, Jones Beach.
Expansion of food and beverage options and recreation. New and improved recreational facilities will include volleyball, soccer, cricket, miniature golf and yoga areas as well as the proposed introduction of an adventure play area with aquatic features, rock climbing and a zip line. The redesign of food and snack areas will allow more vendors to offer more diverse, ethnic and local foods. Visitors will be able to choose from among a restaurant with patio dining, a diner, take-out shops, marketplace options and a beachfront café.
Streamlined park entry. Park entryways will be rebuilt as attractive welcome plazas to streamline entrance to the park, making use of automation. In addition, signage throughout the park will promote better accessibility.
Increased storm resiliency. A multi-pronged strategy has been developed that includes reducing coastal erosion, elevating new structures that are subject to flooding, raising the utilities of existing structures and allowing the natural accretion of dunes in select areas of the beach where it will not obstruct patrons’ views from the boardwalk.
The complete restoration of the West Bathhouse is first on the docket, and it will be open before Memorial Day weekend. There will be exterior refurbishment, and the pool deck and filtration system will be replaced.
There will also be a pilot food marketplace at the Central Mall, featuring a variety of vendors, and a shaded seating area as well as a seasonal restaurant at Field 6.
“I commend Governor Cuomo for his plans to invest significant dollars in restoring the beauty of Jones Beach,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said, “and for ensuring repairs are made so that this gem continues to serve our residents and visitors alike for decades to come.”
Public meetings are planned, at which people can review the revitalization plan, although no dates have been set. For more information on the project, visit http://nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/documents/JonesBeachStateParkRevitalizationInitiativeDCP.pdf.