3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside, NY 11572
(516) 763 - 0700
- Number of handicapped spaces: many in a dedicated parking area
Location of handicapped spaces: in parking lot near maintenance building or at lot at end of drive
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: lot near maintenance building is very close
Places to rest: benches throughout the grounds
Paths and walkways: concrete sidewalks
Location of handicapped entrance: this is an outdoor park
Places to sit: benches throughout
Location of restrooms: in maintenance building
Type of restroom: multi stall, large, handicapped accessible stall
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: vending machine with drinks near maintenance building
Oceanside Park is a large, public venue, with fields, pools, etc. It was wonderful to see that they have addressed the needs of all children in their playground.
I had heard that the Park has the only playground with wheelchair-accessible swings on Long Island. Of course, I had to check it out. There they were! Wonderful! “Unlike adaptive swings, these allow kids to stay in their chairs. Ramps lock the wheels into place and the rider can engage pull chains to propel their chair.” (Mommy Poppins) The rules for use are large and clear enough for all to understand. The area for the swings is completely fenced in, as is the entire playground. If you are going, please know that two people are required to use each swing.
The swings are set in a lovely playground that includes standard swings, climbing structures, slides and a variety of other activities in two areas for ages 2 – 5 and 5 – 12. Benches are all around and under a gazebo for when you want a break from the sun. A soft, safety surface is underfoot.
Multi-stall restrooms are located in the maintenance building close by. Each has a large, handicapped stall and baby changing station.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.hempsteadny.gov/facilities/parks, to “know before you go.”