Eisenhower Park Main
is centrally located in East Meadow, New
bordered by Hempstead Turnpike on the south and Old
Country Road on the north. At , it is larger than Central Park, with much of the area devoted to three 18-hole
golf courses, including the Red Course, host to the annual Commerce Bank Championship
The park is
home to the September
Memorial for residents of Nassau County.
the county park system since 1944, Eisenhower offers a full range
of athletic and family activities, including some of the finest
facilities in Nassau
County, NY and an
exciting schedule of summertime events.
The Eisenhower Park property was in the early part of the 20th
century part of the private Salisbury Country Club and included
five 18-hole golf courses. During the Depression, the owners were
unable to pay taxes and the property was taken over by the county.
Subsequently, the county acquired additional land in the area. In
1944, Nassau County Park at Salisbury was established as part of
County Executive J. Russell Sprague's vision to create a park that
"one day will be to Nassau County what Central Park is today to New
York City." The park was officially dedicated in October
On October 13
Salisbury Park was rededicated as the Dwight D. Eisenhower
Memorial Park at a ceremony
attended by the 34th President's grandson, Dwight D. Eisenhower II,
and his wife, Julie Nixon Eisenhower.
On March 11
President George W. Bush
made a visit to Eisenhower Park for the
groundbreaking of a new memorial for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks
Activities in the park
- Batting cage with nine separate batting areas for varying
- 17 baseball fields (14 for softball and three for
- 3 football fields.
- 4 soccer fields.
- 16 lighted tennis courts.
- A 25 meter Aquatic Center pool
The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre is an outdoor theater
that hosts a full schedule of
entertainment events during the summer, from concerts to
Carltun on the Park restaurant, a privately run facility operated
in a former country club. The Carltun offers a restaurant, bar,
banquet facilities and a meeting room. The restaurant has played
host to numerous events, including a fundraiser in 2004 for
George W. Bush
The park features three 18-hole golf courses open to the public:
the Blue, Red and White courses. The Red course, originally part of
the Salisbury Golf Club and designed in 1914 by Devereux Emmet, is
host to the annual Commerce
on the Champions
. Salisbury Golf Club also was the host of the 1926
, which was won by
. Located adjacent to the
courses is a driving range with more than 100 stalls and night
hours in season.
In addition to the regular courses there are 2 lighted 18-hole
miniature golf courses.
Nassau County Aquatic Center
The Nassau County Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park is one of the
finest swimming facilities in the U.S. Built in 1998 for the
, it currently hosts
major swimming competitions and is also open daily to the
Located within the center is a renovated Health Club
that contains treadmills, arc
trainers, stationary bikes, stair machines, free weights and an
assortment of Cybex