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Cuomo hails Jones Beach improvements, refurbished dining hall

Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated upgrades at Jones Beach

Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated upgrades at Jones Beach in Wantagh on Aug. 2, 2017. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

New visitors to Jones Beach will rediscover the grandeur its creators envisioned, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday.

Cuomo visited the state park to celebrate the latest improvements emerging from a $65 million renovation.

The governor marveled at how the grand Depression-era park was fashioned out of seven miles of “swamp, essentially.” But after decades of neglect, something had to be done, Cuomo said.

“The whole place was in a state of decay,” he said. “To now see it come back to its full glory is something special.”

The latest upgrades include new shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, corn hole and boccie areas, as well as a newly refurbished restaurant and catering hall called The Landing — previously the Jones Beach Marine Dining Room.

Previous projects ran the gamut from overhauling the boardwalk, pool and bathrooms to upgrading utilities.

More improvements are on tap: The nature center is being modernized, and new benches and landscaping are being installed. Future plans call for soccer fields and an adventure playground, complete with a zip line and water park, officials have said.

After a tour, Cuomo said he was impressed by the restored dining hall with its high ceiling and fine woodwork.

The improvements hark back to the vision shared by the park’s creators — power broker and master builder Robert Moses, and former New York governors Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Al Smith.

At a time when exclusivity ruled New York beach clubs, the leaders built a world-class recreation mecca “for the common people,” Cuomo said.

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