At 930 acres, Eisenhower Park is larger than Central Park and offers an oasis of open space and recreation in the heart of East Meadow in Nassau County. It offers a full range of athletic and family activities, including swimming facilities, a major golf facility, dozens of athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, summertime entertainment, playgrounds, fitness trails and more.
The park consists of the former property owned by the exclusive Salisbury Country Club as well as adjoining properties acquired by the county. During the Depression, the owners of the country club were forced to give up the property and the county officially made it a park in 1944. The park was rededicated in 1969 as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Park at a ceremony attended by the 34th President's grandson, Dwight D. Eisenhower II, and his wife, Julie Nixon Eisenhower.
Eisenhower Park is centrally located in East Meadow, New York, bordered by Hempstead Turnpike on the south and Old Country Road on the north. The park is home to the September 11th Memorial for residents of Nassau County, which was opened to the public in 2007. The memorials consists of two 30-foot, semi-transparent stainless-steel towers, created to resemble those of the World Trade Center. They stand in the midst of a fountain alongside the lake, and on the lawn are two pieces of steel several feet long from the trade center wreckage. The names of the 344 Nassau County residents who died on Sept. 11, 2001 are carved into a long stone wall.
The park is home to a batting cage with nine separate batting areas for varying pitching speeds, 17 baseball fields, three football fields, four soccer fields, 16 lighted tennis courts, and a 25-meter pool and Aquatic Center, three golf courses, two miniature golf courses, and a full health club featuring cardio machines, free weights and more.
The park is complete with the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, which is an outdoor theater that hosts a full schedule of entertainment events during the summer, from concerts to movies.