NEW YORK – A group of elected officials gathered on the Coney Island boardwalk Thursday to welcome the unofficial return of summer before the eight free public beaches managed by New York‘s Parks Department opens for swimming on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
“We ask that you never go into the water when there is no lifeguard on duty,” warned Parks Commissioner Susan Donoghue, as she invited the entire region to walk the boardwalk, take a dip, eat a hot dog and ride a some attractions, most of which open Fridays. She recommended the Dino’s Wonder Wheel, the world famous Cyclone, and the rides at Luna Park.
Lifeguards will be on duty at all beaches daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, September 11, 2022. The Parks Department said that swimming it is “unsafe and strictly prohibited” at any other time. In fact, officers can and do issue citations to people who swim after hours when lifeguards are not on duty.
The security risk is not overstated; Almost every year, bathers drown on the city’s beaches, especially in rock away beach and Coney Island, where dangerous rip currents can be unpredictable.
The Department of Health monitors the quality of the water on the beaches. You can view the reports at Beach water quality portal.
By the way, New York City also has public beaches and waterfront parks managed by the National Park Service or the New York State Parks Office, but some of these sites do not allow swimming.
City-owned beaches, located in four of the five boroughs, have 14 miles of shoreline.
The Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, May 2021. (New York City Parks and Recreation file photo)