Jones Beach has been closed to the public since Sandy did her damage. It was recently re-opened and Eileen and I decided to check it out and see what damage was done to the park:
Jones Beach State Park is a New York state park. It is located in southern Nassau County, on Jones Beach Island, a barrier island linked to Long Island by the Meadowbrook State Parkway, Wantagh State Parkway and Ocean Parkway (Long Island). Both the Meadowbrook and Wantagh were closed immediately after Hurricane Sandy, and recently was reopened so the public could have limited access once again to the park and beaches. Ocean Parkway remains closed as it was destroyed by Sandy. Looks like it will take months for it to be repaired.
The park is known for its great beaches, 10 mi in length, facing the open Atlantic Ocean and is the most popular and heavily visited beach on the East Coast, with an estimated six million visitors per year. The park also has a 2.1 mi long boardwalk. Many of its buildings and facilities feature Art Deco architecture. In the center of a traffic circle Robert Moses, the man behind the design and opening of Jones Beach, ordered the construction of an Italianate-style water tower to serve as a central feature of the park. The primary buildings on the Jones Beach site are the two enormous bathhouses (west and east) which can be seen in some of our images and the 231-foot water tower, all built to Moses’s specifications. It once featured dining and catering facilities that were popular sites for private parties and weddings; these have been shut down. The Donald will be building a restaurant/catering hall on the boardwalk once the park is cleaned up.
The following images were taken last Friday the day after Jones Beach re-opened. The ‘lakes’ and ‘rivers’ were formed by Sandy!