Wantagh (WALK) - Long Island's newest path for hiking and biking, and possibly its most scenic, is now open.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway is complete and open to the public. The 3.6-mile path between Jones Beach Field 5 and the Town of Oyster Bay's Tobay Beach provides a scenic ocean-side route for bicylists, runners and walkers.
"Cyclists and pedestrians alike are now able to take in the stunning scenery along miles of accessible pathway between two of Long Island’s best beaches," said Cuomo. "This pathway is another asset to promote tourism and recreation throughout the region.”
Construction on the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway began last fall and cost about $3.8 million. It runs along the north side of Ocean Parkway and connects the Jones Beach access path at Field 5 to the Tobay Beach western concession area.
The path is 13 feet wide, meets accessibility requirements for the disabled, and features educational signs, informational kiosks, benches and bike storage at Tobay. Path users can access all facilities at Tobay, including bay and ocean beaches, a restaurant and a playground.
Cyclists can now travel a total of 8.8 miles on a safe, paved path all the way from Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, through Jones Beach, to Tobay Beach.