Christopher Morley Park
|Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn is one of Nassau County's 'active parks' and lives up to its designation with athletic fields, tennis courts, a golf course, three pools, an ice rink and a large playground complex.|
Christopher Morley Park is located just north of the Long Island Expressway, exit 36 onto Searingtown Road. The parking lot here is large and paved, and the parking is free. The southernmost lot is used primarily for the golf course, while the northern lot provides the best access to the rest of the park facilities. The playground is located behind the pool complex, so it's a bit of walk. But getting there takes you past the ice rink and model boat basin, a pleasant walk. You can also cut through behind the pools for quick access from the northernmost part of the parking area.
There are many different playsets at Christopher Morley park, most broken up into sizes that are appropriate for different age groups. These are not separated into different areas like many of Nassau County's parks -- the whole space is fenced in but the only closed areas inside the fence are the swingsets. Speaking of which, there are two swingsets: one toddler bank and one standard. They both have four swings, although the standard set was down one swing during our visit.
The play surface at most of the playground is black padded tiles, which give pretty good grip and soft landings but can get very hot in the summer. Fortunately, Christopher Morley Park has many trees which give much of the playground cover from the sun. There is also a gazebo with benches inside to get some shade. There are public restrooms right outside the playground area, and a snack bar across from the ice rink with limited snack and beverage service.
There is a good mix of old and newer playground equipment here. Some old-school play areas, like this spider climb, have survived renovations here. Other playsets are state-of-the-art composite, fiberglass and steel structures.
Some of the older equipment is made of wood, which has splintered in spots. This is especially true in the small child area, where an easy ramp leads to two short slides. Coupled with a clubhouse, this area is constructed completely of wood and is showing its age,
The largest playset has been around a while as well. This is the only area that still has a mulch play surface. All of the slides off the large set end in a steep dropoff, and the aluminum construction is sharp in some spots. But it's very large, and kids of all ages like to explore the many ramps and platforms. Just keep an eye on little ones who may unexpectedly find themselves on the edge of a slide that ends higher off the ground than their own height.
Chirstopher Morley park has a really large playground, which means high capacity and plenty of room for kids to explore. Fans of climbs, slides, swings will find plenty to keep them busy. The photos here only scratch the surface, there are no fewer than 10 play areas.
The pool complex at Christopher Morley features a large lap pool as well as a diving pool with springboards and platforms. There is a zero-depth spray area, but it was closed during our visit. A large kiddie wading pool is also available.
Christopher Morley Park is open all year, with water activities in the summertime and ice skating and cross country skiing trails for the winter time. There is a fee to use the tennis courts, and reservations are recommended. The swimming pools are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and cost $5.00 for residents with a Nassau County Leisure Pass (available for purchase at the park) and $10.00 for non-residents. There is a farmer's market selling local produce every Wednesday morning, and Christopher Morley "Knothole" is a small cabin where Morley did his writing and is open to tour (a bathroom designed by Buckminster Fuller is a highlight).
Christopher Morley ParkOfficial Site: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/
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