If you are a veteran or a current active duty member of the military and you reside in Nassau County, Long Island, New York, then you are eligible for a discounted leisure pass that can be used in the recreational facilities throughout the county. The Lifetime Leisure Pass gives the holder discounts when using Nassau's public facilities including the tennis courts, the beaches, the golf courses, the pools, skating rinks, its marine and cabanas which are owned and operated by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museus.
If you are a veteran who served in the active military, naval or air service and if you were discharged or released for reasons other than dishonorable discharge, then you, along with your spouse and your children, can now avail yourself of free access to the county's pools and other benefits that come with a county Leisure Pass, as long as you provide your proof of valid military identification.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano commented that "After having given so much of themselves for our nation, this is the least the tNassau County can do to show our gratitude. It is my hope that we see many more veterans and military families enjoying our parks, golf courses, and all that we have to offer recreationally in the months and years to come."
When applying for the first time, you must submit a copy of your veteran's discharge papers - DD214- and your proof of Nassau County residency. There is a one-time cost for the Veteran Leisure Pass and you only need to validate your residency every three years in order to renew your pass.
To find out more about this program, you can call Nassau County Parks Information at (516) 572-0200 or go to www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/leisure.html.
The following is a list of Nassau County Leisure Pass Application Centers:
Bay Park Golf, First Avenue in East Rockaway, NY, (516) 571-7242. Passes are for sale at the golf office.
Cantiague Park, West John Street, east of Cantiague Rock Road in Hicksville, NY, (516) 571-7056. Passes are available at the administration building in the park.
Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Road, east of Wantagh Avenue in Seaford, NY, (516) 571-7470.
Christopher Morley Park, Searingtown Road (located north of the Long Island Expressway), in Roslyn-North Hills, NY, (516) 751-8113. You can apply for your leisure pass at the administration building.
Cow Meadow Park, South Main Street near Ann Drive South, in Freeport, NY, (516) 571-8685.
Eisenhower Park, located at Merrick and Stewart Avenues in East Meadow, NY, (516) 572-0347. You can apply for a pass at the golf administration building, or at the Nassau County Aquatic Center, located on Merric Aveue, or at the Field House on Merrick Avenue, just after you enter the park.
Grant Park, located at Broadway and Sheridan Avenues, (516) 571-7821. You can purchase a leisure pass at the park's administration building.
NC RIfle and Pistol Range at Mitchel Athletic Complex, located on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale, NY, (516) 572-0420. You can purchase a leisure pass at this facility.
Nickerson Beach Park, located on Lido Boulevard in Lido, New York, (516) 571-7700. Purchase passes at the park's administration building.
North Woodmere Park, located at Branch Boulevard and Hungry Harbor Road, New York, (516) 571-7801. You can purchase a pass at the park's administration building.
Wantagh Park, located at Kings Road and Canal Place, (516) 571-7460. Passes are available in the park's administration building.