Parks & Recreation
Sea Cliff Beach
The Sea Cliff Municipal Beach, on the Boulevard, is maintained for the residents of the Village and their guests. It features a fine sandy strip and a pavilion with restrooms and first-aid and shower facilities. Refreshments are also available. A nominal season fee is charged per family for the use of the beach. The lifeguards, all certified Red Cross instructors, conduct swimming and life-saving classes for the Village children, and the summer season is usually capped by a community picnic. Boat racks for Sunfish, Sailfish, and other small boats are available at the beach and may be rented from the Village.
Applications for beach privileges are available at the Village Hall.
Entrance fees can be paid daily or seasonal memberships for residents and non-residents are available at the beach office located at the beach on The Boulevard in Sea Cliff.
Harry Tappen Beach
Harry Tappen Beach, on Shore Road at the foot of Littleworth Lane, is part of a complex of Long Island beaches that are owned and operated by the Town of Oyster Bay. The beach, which also includes an outdoor pool, is open to the residents of Sea Cliff. A seasonal pass to the parking field is required. Tappen Beach has swings, refreshment stands, and a tree-shaded picnic area with a playground. Adjacent to the beach is the largest public marina in the Town of Oyster Bay, and the town maintains a boat basin equipped with launching ramps.
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Veteran’s Memorial Park (a.k.a. “Sunset Park” and “Hippie Park”), at Prospect and Sea Cliff Avenues, commands an unobstructed view of Hempstead Harbor, Long Island Sound, and the New York and Connecticut shorelines. It is one of the most beautifully situated parks in Nassau County.
It was designated by an official act of former Mayor John J. Burns as a memorial to the veterans of all wars.
On warm-weather evenings, many residents and visitors gather here to watch the magnificent sunsets. It is also the site of the Sunset Serenades
Elm Park (a.k.a Spooky Park)
Elm Park (a.k.a. “Spooky Park”), on Dayton Street between Elm and Cedar Places, is perhaps the least known of our Parks. Children of an earlier generation called it “Spooky Park” because it featured a four-foot maze of yews. During World War II, it was the site of “victory gardens” under the sponsorship of the Sea Cliff Garden Club. The park has a natural stage and is the theater used for Shakespeare in the park.
Central Park, on Central and 14th Avenues, is an impressive setting of tall trees and paved walks. It is equipped with new swings and new playground equipment.
Clifton Park, in the heart of the Village, bound by Glen, Sea Cliff, DuBois and Locust Avenues, consists of approximately five acres. It is the site of the Memorial Rock and the Memorial Oaks, in honor of the dead of World War I, and the Tilley Memorial Foundation, which was created by public subscription to honor the memory of Mayor Arthur Tilley, who died in office.
Prospect Park, located on Prospect Avenue between 14th and 15th Avenues. Many years ago, the famous Sea Cliff Hotel stood on this site.
Roslyn Park, located between Franklin Avenue and Adams Street, is a playing area for junior baseball and softball. This is also the site for “Victorian Family Social” and “Pot Luck Picnic.”
Plaza Park (a.k.a. “Geohegan Park” and “Headless Park”)
Plaza Park (a.k.a. “Geohegan Park” and “Headless Park”), is situated on a rolling slope of land at the intersection of Roslyn and Eighth Avenues. In it is a monument dedicated to Sea Cliff’s only veteran of the Spanish-American War, John Henry Geohegan.
Until recently, the paint of the statue had faded. The result was what appeared to be a headless statue, hence the nickname “Headless Park.”