Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction on a $16.2 million project to build the last section of the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway Shared Use Path in the town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County, and the towns of Babylon and Islip in Suffolk County. The new path will enhance safety for cyclists, walkers, runners and skaters; promote green transportation; and attract people to the natural beauty of beaches and State parks on Long Island.
“The Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway will provide cyclists, runners and walkers new opportunities to get outside while at the same time providing a new route for people to get to the many outdoor recreational activities the area has to offer,” Governor Cuomo said. “This extension will give more residents and visitors a safe, healthy and environmentally sound way to get around Long Island.”
Construction is now underway on the second phase of project. This section is a 3.6 mile Shared-Use Path between Jones Beach State Park and Tobay Beach in Nassau County. This 13 foot wide, ADA compatible, paved path is being constructed on the north side of Ocean Parkway and will include a cable guiderail to protect users from Ocean Parkway.
The final phase of the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway will connect Tobay Beach to Captree State Park in Suffolk County. This construction is currently scheduled to begin in 2021.
The entire project, when finished, will provide a continuous 14.4-mile path that connects Captree State Park to Jones Beach and then to the existing Wantagh State Parkway SUP.