When it comes to Long Island parks and playgrounds, the landscape is ever-changing. A handful of local Long Island parks have recently opened or undergone renovations making them worthy of visiting or re-visiting. Families can do much more than just play at these Long Island parks, too! There are animals to meet, paths to traverse, picnicking spots to enjoy, and more perks at these new and newly renovated Long Island parks. From upgrades to overhauls, we've dug up the details on these latest outdoor play spaces Long Island families will love.
For all our favorite playgrounds and parks on Long Island, be sure to check out our Guide to Long Island Parks and Playgrounds, which includes our picks for everything from the best playgrounds for Long Island kids to our top Long Island parks for a leaf-peeping hike this fall and more.
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Patriot's Preserve in Shirley is a newly opened nearly 100-acre park. Photo by Anna Fader
Best New Long Island Parks to Enjoy Now
The newly refurbished Alfred J. Walker Park in Huntington Station located on West 11th Street has been a fixture in the neighborhood for decades. In recent years, revitalization of the park became a main focus for members of the community. Renovations to the park include new basketball courts, a new playground, an exercise area with stationary exercise equipment, a soccer field, corn hole courts, and a gazebo.
Sprawling over 100 acres on a former golf course, the newly constructed Patriot's Preserve now serves as Brookhaven's largest park. A large playground and paved trails for walking and biking have been added. Visitors can cross the 4-acre lake via a floating wooden bridge. New ball fields and additional playgrounds are part of future plans for this spot. Located in Shirley, off the William Floyd Parkway, it's open every day from dawn to dusk. Check out our recent visit here!
This local spot just underwent a near $2 million upgrade. What was already one of our favorite Long Island nature preserves, improvements included adding new bocce courts, pavilions, and a picnic area. Renovations were also made to the playground and restrooms. Stroll the walking trails or visit resident and rescue animals at the nature center. From snakes, frogs, and turtles to chickens, goats, and sheep, this preserve has it all. The grounds are open year-round, however, non-Smithtown residents incur a $12 parking fee.
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Swing by Sayville's new playground at Marina Park. Photo courtesy of the Town of Islip
Bridges, climbing walls, balance structures, multiple slides, and vertical puzzle games highlight the spacious new playground at Marina Park. In the middle of the pentagon-shaped structure is a ninja warrior-type course. The park also features a beach, a picnic and a pavilion area, plus walking paths and tennis courts. The facilities are open daily
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Shore Road Park in Lindenhurst recently got some brand-new playground equipment. Photo courtesy of the Village of Lindenhurst
Multiple slides—vertical and corkscrew—plus climbing structures and more are all part of the new play structure at Shore Road Park. The park also features accessible swings and ramps so everyone can participate in playtime here. The playground is built at a slight elevation at the base in an effort to alleviate future potential flood damage.