The Jones Beach State Park gaming area recently got $6.6 million in improvements, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
The renovations include a new mini-golf course, refurbished and new court games, new benches, tables, fencing and lighting, and additional site improvements. Some newly installed games include cornhole, pickleball, shuffleboard, and paddle tennis courts.
“Jones Beach is more than just a park, it is a living testament to New York ingenuity and a historic public attraction that has brought joy to New York families for generations,” the governor said. “These new and improved gaming areas will give families a chance to relax and have fun even during these unprecedented times, and we will continue our work to make Jones Beach an exciting destination for every New Yorker.”
The renovations are part of the NY Parks 2020 Plan aimed at improving the entire state parks system. The Jones Beach work is partly funded by $1.9 million in federal Land and Water Conservation Funding.
“This park is a jewel that is shining brighter than ever,” State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulle said.
Jones Beach ranks as the second-most visited state-run park in New York and the most popular park on Long Island. But it too has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with the cancellation of the annual Fourth of July fireworks show and Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, as well as social-distancing mandates that limit capacity. The park also features the region’s first drive-through COVID-19 test site.
Officials noted the importance of maintaining the park’s amenities in order to provide an escape for families cooped-up due to the pandemic.
“This opening is yet another important step in our commitment to keeping Jones Beach the jewel of New York’s state parks system and the number one destination spot for families across our great state,” said state Sen. John Brooks (D-Massapequa).
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