Beaches at Four Parks Open for Swimming to Meet Demand
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the swimming season will continue this weekend at selected State Parks beaches on Long Island. With seasonable temperatures forecast, beaches at Robert Moses State Park, Jones Beach State Park, Hither Hills State Park, and Sunken Meadow State Park will be open for swimming from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
"With summer quickly coming to an end, I encourage anyone who wishes to take one last swim at our world-class beaches to do so this weekend," Governor Cuomo said. "Lifeguards will be on duty so that New Yorkers and visitors can safely enjoy our state's waters."
Due to warm, sunny weather this month, demand for swimming has remained high, with nearly 200,000 people using beaches at these four parks last weekend. Normally, beaches and pools at State Parks close after Labor Day.
This year, swimming at 17 facilities across the state, including on Long Island, extended swimming through mid-September.
Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, "We are grateful for the availability of our lifeguards to remain on duty for perhaps a final weekend of swimming on Long Island State Park Beaches. Our park visitors don't have to say good-bye to summer and our beaches just yet."
Swimming will be open at:
- Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk
- Jones Beach State Park, 2400 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh: Field 6 and Central Mall
- Robert Moses State Park, 600 Robert Moses State Parkway, Babylon: Fields 2 and 5
- Sunken Meadow State Park, Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park: Main Beach
State Parks is continuing to offer a 50 percent discount on camping and day-use fees at more that 30 parks along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River through Columbus Day. Campsites require a two-night minimum.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which were visited by a record 74 million people last year. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with Parks on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.