Jones Beach State Park
Long Island, NY
JONES BEACH STATE PARK is an architectural and recreational triumph conceived by Robert Moses in the 1920's and widely recognized as the grandest public bathing facility ever built in this country, is about to become officially historic. Moses had been a swimmer and water polo player at Yale University. When it opened late in the summer of 1929, the 2,413-acre state park featured swimming in the ocean surf, in a bay and in heated pools, and a variety of other activities. Patrons -- and there were 1.5 million of them during the first full year of operation in 1930 -- could also enjoy handball courts, deck tennis and shuffleboard courts, an outdoor roller rink, archery, softball, fishing docks, rowboat rentals, an 18-hole pitch-and-putt golf course, dancing, and other sports and entertainment programs. There were even solaria for nude sunbathers and electric bottle warmers for mothers caring for their babies.