EISENHOWER PARK
Merrick & Stewart Avenues, East Meadow, Nassau County, New York
930-acre


It is bordered on the North side by Old County Rd and Salisbury Park Drive; on the South by the Hempstead Turnpike; the West by Merrick Ave; and the East by Carman Avenue. There are various parking lots throughout the park. A golf course makes up the northeast section.


History:

1920's -- the land was part of the Salisbury Country Club, probably named by English settlers after England's Salisbury Plains.

1944 -- opens as a Nassau County Park.

1969 -- park re-dedicated as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Park. Eisenhower served as commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II and was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

(Cynthia Blair, Newsday Names of Long Island; http://www.newsday.com/features/custom/names)


Facilities:

The park includes athletic fields, monuments, and the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater.

The Nassau County Parks Dept. says:

With an impressive array of seasonal and year-round activities spread across 930 acres of land, Eisenhower Park is easily the most popular park in the county. From athletics to recreation, passive activities to eating facilities, Eisenhower has it all. A host of sports are available at the Park. At parking field #7, there are three 18 hole golf courses (fee is charged). The course offers special low rates for 9 and 18 hole play; there’s also a senior citizen discount on weekdays for 9 and 18 hole play. For information, call: golf course at 572-0327; and waiting time at 572-0330. Tee time reservations at an additional fee are also available by calling 542-GOLF. Golfers may also avail themselves of the driving range (572-0336) featuring a lighted, 300 yard, 60 tee practice area, located at parking field #7A (fee is charged), and a concessionaire operated Golf Pro Shop, also located at parking field 7A where professional golf lessons are offered. A Miniature Golf Course, parking field #5, will be ready for the public to enjoy in the summer of 1997. Individuals can find a jogging path starting (and ending) at the Field House, parking field #2. The athletic fields support such team sports as baseball, softball, football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, field hockey, and cricket, and some of the fields are illuminated for night play. These fields are accessible by parking fields 1, 4, 5, 6A, 8, and 9. The 16 tennis courts, 12 hard and 4 artificial grass, near parking field #2 are open year-round, and are lighted for night play in season (May through September); an hourly, seasonal fee is charged for use of the courts. Batting Range is near parking field #4 (open April to October) (call 572-0407 for more information).

A Special Activities Center at parking field #8 is an indoor facility which provides scheduled recreation programs for senior citizens (call 572-0338 for information). Seniors and others preferring unsupervised games of the outdoors may head to the cluster of activities near parking field #1. Activities located in this area include: horseshoe pitching, shuffleboard, croquet, lawn bowling, and bocci. A lovely shelter with benches and tables is available for those who wish to play cards and passive games, or just observe.

Summer-specific activities abound at Eisenhower. The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, an outdoor theatre, serves as the site of assorted free evening entertainment during the summer months (accessible by parking fields #6 and #6A). They also offer Noontime Concerts every Wednesday starting the end of June and during July and August, from 12 noon to 2 pm. Parking fields 6 & 6A. Concerts are free, bring your lunch and chairs. For a relaxing water-side stroll or an adventure in model boating, visit Salisbury Lake (also by parking field #6). To enthrall the youngsters, steer them over to one of the three playgrounds (accessible by parking fields numbers 2, 4, and 6A). A modern, state-of-the-art playground is located by parking Field #2 as well as a sprinkler pool during season. A 50 meter indoor pool, and diving area able to accommodate up to 10 meter platform competition, is presently under construction. It is expected to be open in early 1998.  

Weather permitting, Eisenhower offers a cross country skiing course, and a sled hill (located at parking fields #6 and #1, respectively).  The Palm Court Restaurant/Carltun Caterers (parking field #7) is a concessionaire operated facility featuring a restaurant, bar, banquet facilities, and a 19th hole meeting room. For a less formal, seasonal dining foray, try picnicking. Picnickers can have their choice of three group areas (available with advance reservations and payment of a fee) or the one unreserved family area which is available on a first-come, first-served basis (parking field #3), To make a picnic reservation the group should consist of 100 or more and approximately 75 percent of the people should be Nassau County residents.

Opposite the Palm Court Restaurant are two commemoratives, each dedicated to two very different sorts of bravery and sacrifice of Nassau County residents. The large monument honors deceased Nassau County Veterans of all wars, while the Firefighters’ Memorial remembers county Firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Leisure passes and park permits may also be acquired at the Field House.


April 25, 1993
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

this section is just north of the ball fields of Eisenhower park;
there must be a bigger section at Mitchell field

Prairie Restoration Seedbank
"Do not mow during growing season"

looks like all Little bluestem mostly
Red cedars
Dogbane or milkweed
Mullein where there is less bluestem
Mugwort here also
Carex pensylvanica
a couple of black cherry trees
remnant of pasture rose?
red cedars around black cherry trees
goldenrod remnant?
little bluestem does not grow under the shade of black cherry

a cottontail rabbit shot out virtually from under our feet, startling us.