Beyond The Park District

Great Neck Estates residents can relax in the gazebo while enjoying a picturesque water view.

Part 2 of our three-part series explores entertainment options for residents outside the Great Neck Park District

Part 1 of our three-part series covered the rich offerings of the Great Neck Park District, which does not include residents from Great Neck Estates, Harbor Hills, Lake Success, Saddle Rock and University Gardens. Part 2 focuses on parks available to these residents. Part 3 will highlight nearby Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County attractions.

Great Neck Estates

Great Neck Estates residents can play tennis while enjoying a view of the Long Island Sound.

Village of Great Neck Estates facilities are available for free to all enrolled residents. The amenities at the Great Neck Estates Waterfront Park on Shore Drive include an Olympic-size swimming pool, a kiddie pool, a children’s playground, four all-weather tennis courts, three green clay tennis courts, a marina and dock area, baseball and soccer fields, and basketball and handball courts.

Residents are allowed to bring up to three guests to the playing field in the park. Tennis time slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests of the tennis courts must play with the member who accompanies them, and each resident can bring up to three guests (subject to payment of fees). Residents can bring two adult guests and the children of such guests. The village also offers prepaid discounted guest FUNpasses, which are available for purchase at village hall.

The pool is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Harbor Hills

Harbor Hills residents can bring their children to a local playground with a waterside view.

Harbor Hills Park District residents can enjoy Harbor Hills Park on the corner of Shore Cliff Place and Parkwood Drive. Located on Great Neck’s Western coast with a view of Little Neck Bay, the park features adult and children’s swimming pools, a new playground and tennis courts for park district residents only.

The pool is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Labor Day.

Lake Success

Residents can take a walk along the bright greenery of Lake Success Park.

Lake Success Park at 15 Vanderbilt Dr. features a pool, park and tennis courts, which are open to enrolled village residents, as well as to authorized family members and guests. Residents must obtain a Leisure Pass ID at the village office at 318 Lakeville Rd., and show the ID cards to use the pool or tennis courts.

Seasonal resident membership fees for individuals older than 4 are $55, not to exceed $220 per family, excluding children 25 or older. Residents who are not seasonal members can pay a daily admission fee of $5 for children and $10 for adults on weekdays; $10 for children and $20 for adults on weekends.

Lake Success residents can enjoy this beautiful pool.

Only seasonal members may bring guests, which cost $10 on weekdays; $10 for children and $20 for adults on weekends; or $100 for a prepaid discount guest pass valid for 20 weekday visits or 10 weekend or holiday visits.

The village park, ball field and track are open from 8 a.m. until dusk. Tennis courts are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and a resident can bring up to three guest players on a court. Many pool and tennis activities are offered.

The pool is open Sundays to Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Labor Day.

The Lake Success Golf Course offers a beautiful 18-hole facility adjacent to village hall. Learn more at

Saddle Rock

Saddle Rock Park is perfect for families, with the Olympic-size and kiddie pools located right in front of a playground.

Residents of Saddle Rock, including two adults per household and all of their unmarried children living at home, are granted a free pass to the pool.

Season passes are available to married children living at home, parents of residents, children of residents whose parents live in the village and parents of a child who lives in the village for $200. The fee is $300 for a child of residents with a spouse and children. A full-time resident household employee with swimming privileges costs $175; no charge without swimming privileges.

Each household is provided 10 complimentary guest passes. After all free passes are used, residents can purchase five guest passes for $50. Daily guest fees for children younger than 12 is $5 on weekdays, $10 on weekends and holidays; those older than 12 cost $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and holidays.

For tennis court usage, each family is allotted one key for $50.

Each resident can request a dock permit for $200 per vessel.

University Gardens

University Gardens features an exclusive Olympic-size pool for its members.

The recreational complex, located at 9 Sussex Rd., features a heated swimming pool, two tennis courts including one with lines for pickleball, a basketball court and a new playground. The facilities are only open to University Gardens residents and their guests.

Usage of the pool and tennis courts are exclusive to members of the Pool & Tennis Club, which residents can join. Membership costs $300 per household by Jan. 31; $350 thereafter. Each household may invite two guests to the pool on weekdays. No more than four guests per household can be admitted on weekends. The guest fee is $5 for children younger than 12; $10 for those older than 12.

The pool is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The tennis courts are open until November from 9 a.m. to dusk.

If you missed Part 1 of this series, read it here. Look for Part 3 in next week’s issue.

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