Ocean Parkway Pedestrian Path Coming in May

ocean parkwayBicyclists and pedestrians can soon travel to Tobay Beach from the Cedar Creek Park path on an extension through Jones Beach State Park that is slated to open Memorial Day, officials said.

Construction recently began on a 3.6-mile, $3.8-million shared-use path on the north side of Ocean Parkway that will connect the recently completed Jones Beach access path at Parking Field Five.

“The Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway will provide a scenic route for visitors to walk or bike between Wantagh and Tobay Beach, creating an additional asset in our efforts to promote tourism and recreation in Nassau County,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

The 13-foot-wide path will include a cable guiderail to protect users from traffic, enhanced landscaping, educational signs, informational kiosks, benches and storage for 24 bicycles at Tobay Beach. The distance from Cedar Creek to Tobay is nearly 9 miles.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who called Tobay “the crown jewel of the town,” said the new path will “offer new recreational activities for all to enjoy.”

The New York Department of Transportation awarded the contract to Hicksville-based Intercounty Paving Associates, LLC.

“We welcome and support more bike paths and connections to help get more people on bikes more often,” said Michael Vitti, president of the Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclist. “It’s a win-win with the health benefits and air pollution reduction.”