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In an effort to spur popularity at parks across Long Island, Suffolk County presents “Discover Suffolk County Parks Day” tomorrow (Thursday June 27).

The day encourages Long Island residents to go out and explore the scenic beauty the county parks have to offer. Considering the current economic climate, this day offers Long Islanders an alternative to pricy vacation destinations.

“Many county residents are staying on Long Island instead of vacationing elsewhere during the summer months,” said County Legislator Jay Schneidermann in a press release, “and there is no better place to enjoy the natural beauty of Long Island than our vast network of parks.”

As part of County Parks Day, residents can gain access for only $8 to most beaches and $6 at inland parks, the regular cost for green key cardholders. Residents who don’t hold the green key normally pay $15 and $13 respectively for the same services the rest of the year.

While visiting the parks and beaches residents are being encouraged to seek out more information about the benefits of obtaining the Suffolk County Parks Green Card, which allows access to parks at a discounted rate.

Further discounts are available for seniors, veterans, volunteer firefighters, ambulance personnel and active military personnel.


Photo courtesy of Suffolk County