June 21 has been declared “Discover Suffolk County Parks Day,” according to new legislation signed by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
Meant to entice Suffolk County residents and visitors to explore the County’s parks and recreational resources, the resolution, introduced by legislators Jay Schneiderman and Kara Hahn, will allow all visitors to pay the discounted green key card rate at all county parks.
“Discover Suffolk County Parks Day offers residents an opportunity to explore parks they have never seen before or revisit those familiar from their childhood,” said Bellone. “With the vast array of ecosystems, beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”
The Suffolk County Parks Department manages more than 46,000 acres of parks with over 27 active parks and campsites. Popular activities include golfing, camping, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, fishing, shoreline activities, boating, and visiting the county’s historic sites.
Currently, at beach parks in which a lifeguard is present, green key cardholders pay $8 while non-green key cardholders pay $15. At inland parks, green key cardholders pay $6 while non-green key cardholders pay $13.
“In these challenging economic times, many county residents are staying on Long Island instead of vacationing elsewhere during the summer months,” said Schneiderman. “This discounted admission fee will allow visitors the opportunity to explore these opportunities close to home.”