After last year’s inaugural ‘Discover Suffolk County Parks Day,’county parks will once again be open to residents at a discounted rate one day this summer, as county leaders hope to advertise its natural amenities to those who might not otherwise take advantage of them.The discount day will take place this upcoming Saturday, offering any Suffolk residents the rate of admission they would have if they had a green key, which cost $24 and are valid for three years.
“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.”
At lifeguard-supervised beach parks, green key cardholders pay $8 while non green key-cardholders pay $15; and at inland parks green key cardholders pay $6 while non-green key cardholders pay $13.
Last year’s event was held on a Thursday, which ended up being a rainy day as well.
Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), chair of the parks and recreation committee, co-sponsored the measure to offer the discount along with Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Stony Brook).
The Suffolk County Parks Department operates 27 parks county-wide, covering over 46,000 acres.
While the rate of admission will be discounted, sorry folks — the cost of the green key will remain the same.