The time has come! All Eight NYC Public Beaches Open Saturday for Unofficial Kickoff to Summer – NBC4 New York

All eight of New York’s beaches will open for swimming on Saturday, May 28 through Sunday, September 12.

Lifeguards will be on duty every day from 10 am to 6 pm; so swimming in that period will be safe. Entering the water when lifeguards are not on duty is prohibited.

“Bring out the swimsuits, sunglasses and sunscreen – beach season has arrived in New York City!” City Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue said as she kicked off the season. at Wolfe’s Pond Park on Wednesday in Staten Island.

“Our beaches are some of the best places to cool off and beat the heat in the city, and we want everyone to get out and enjoy the water at any of our eight public beaches this summer. We urge everyone to stay safe and follow the instructions of our lifeguards – swimming is only allowed in designated areas from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. when lifeguards are on duty,” he continued.

The Parks Department will once again set up sunscreen dispensers at all eight beaches to provide free SPF 30 sun protection to all visitors. Dispensers will be located in or near restrooms.

THE WATER SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR PARENTS AND TEENS

The Parks Department kicked off its Water Safety 2022 campaign, placing ads aimed at teens and parents throughout the city to remind bathers of the importance of water safety.

Ads can be seen at bus stops, taxi TVs, LinkNYC and city beaches, as well as across all social media platforms.

Swimming only when lifeguards are on duty and knowing the water conditions are important to safe swimming.

Last year, two children tragically died on Staten Island. A 9-year-old girl died after going into the water at the Silver Lake Park reservoir, where no lifeguards were on duty and swimming is prohibited, in July 2021. The same month, a 4-year-old boy was found unconscious in the water at Midland Beach.

Surveillance of the quality and safety of the water of all the beaches of the city is the responsibility and is supervised by the Department of Health of the city. The agency regularly tests the quality of water near city beaches to ensure it is safe for public swimming.

When water doesn’t meet safety standards, typically when it’s polluted by excessive rainwater runoff, sewage and other types of pollution, it’s not safe for swimming and can pose health risks to swimmers and sunbathers, he said. the city.

The Department of Health posts easy-to-read water quality advisories and closure signs at beaches to ensure all beachgoers are aware of health and safety risks.

New York City stretches 14 miles of sand at more than a half-dozen public beaches: Brooklyn’s Coney Island and Manhattan beaches; Midland, Cedar Grove, Wolfe’s Pond, and the beaches of southern Staten Island; Orchard Beach in the Bronx; and Rockaway Beach in Queens.

Visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches for more details.

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