New Athletic Fields, Playground, Batting Cages – Improved Ice Rink, Mini-Golf, Driving Range & Pool
In celebrating 50 years of Cantiague Park, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, County Legislator Rose Walker and local sports teams unveiled major improvements including new athletic fields, a new playground, new batting cages, ice rink expansion, improved mini-golf course and driving range, and refurbishments to the pool, parking lot and restrooms.
“My administration is committed to improving the quality of life and recreational opportunities for our residents,” said County Executive Mangano. “Cantiague Park has been an iconic part of Nassau County for decades and this historic park is truly the athletic and recreational centerpiece of the Hicksville community. These improvements have given the park a complete facelift and it’s exciting to see residents enjoying these new and improved amenities.”
Recent improvements to Cantiague Park include:
• two new turf baseball/softball fields and two new baseball/softball infields with new irrigation systems;
• 9 new station automated batting cages with the capability to modify the pitch speed, height and can adjust the pitches for baseball or softball. The machines also have the capability to remove excess moisture from the balls through heat which has been a maintenance issue in older machines,
• a new playground between the batting cages;
• a rehabilitated mini-golf course and driving range;
• refurbishment of the pool with a gel coat lining, and
• improved parking lot, restrooms and new lighting throughout the park.
Additionally, the skating facility has undergone recent renovations highlighted by the expansion of the rink to NHL regulation size and the installation of new boards, player benches and penalty box that were used by the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Other improvements include: new flooring, a new lobby and community room, new bathrooms, and new seating areas. Built in 1966, the ice rink at Cantiague Park is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The ice rink has also played host to an Olympic gold medalist Nancy Kerrigan, who performed there in 2004, and was the New York Islanders’ practice facility from 1979 to 1992.
County Legislator Rose Walker stated, “Cantiague Park has been a highlight of my hometown for me, my children and now for my grandchildren. I am so happy that residents can enjoy the upgraded facilities.”
County Legislator Laura Schaefer added, “The timing of these renovations is perfect for summer park-goers. I urge all residents to get out and have some fun!”
Cantiague Park has been part of the county park system since 1961 and is centrally located in Hicksville, just off the Northern State Parkway and east of the Wantagh State Parkway. When the park opened, it represented the second major park the County managed, in addition to Eisenhower Park. Cantiague Park was built in response to the needs of a growing County population. It was also the first park offering a swimming pool and an artificial skating rink. This 127-acre park offers the following activities:
• There are five lighted tennis courts; six lighted handball/paddleball courts; and three lighted basketball courts. Athletic fields include four softball fields and four multi-sport fields (two lighted). Soccer, football, lacrosse and rugby are played on the multi-sport fields.
• An 18-hole miniature golf course; batting cages; a playground providing activities for children of varying ages, from preschoolers to teens.
• Cantiague features a 9-hole, par-30 golf course. The course is 1,878 yards, with holes ranging from 150 yards to 272 yards. In addition, the park has an illuminated driving range.
• Cantiague’s renovated indoor ice skating rink is a magnificent facility that is used by recreational skaters and hockey teams. Skating lessons are available, as is skate rental. Ice time rentals are also available on weekdays.
• The swimming pool complex, named by News12 Long Island viewers as the best outdoor swimming facility on Long Island, includes an Olympic-sized pool, two water slides, a diving pool, a “kiddie” pool, a training pool and an interactive water-play area. Lockers, showers and a refreshment area are located near the pool.
• In the gaming area next to the playground, there are shuffleboard courts, a bocce court, and tables with inlaid chess and checker boards. There are also two reserved picnic areas.
For more information on the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums please call (516) 572-0200 or visit the website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.