Hauppauge - (WALK) Suffolk residents looking for a cool, natural escape from this week's early-summer heatwave should look to our backyard: our county parks and beaches, according to local lawmakers.
Thursday, June 27 is "Discover Suffolk County Parks Day," day-one of a pilot program featuring discounted admission to all county parks, beaches and recreational resources, according to Suffolk Legislator Jay Schneiderman.
Schneiderman (I-East Hampton) says his resolution will enable residents and vistors to pay the discounted "Green Key Card" rate at all county parks. "In these challenging economic times, many county residents are staying on Long Island... What better way to offer residents an introduction to the pleasures of our parks than to offer them a discounted admission fee?"
The usual price to visit life-guard supervised County beaches is $15. The Green Key rate is $8. A similar discount is available at inland parks: The non-Green Key rate is $13, a Green Key admission is $6.
While visiting the parks, residents are encouraged to grab a Green Key and enjoy discount-rates, year-'round. Additional discounts are available for Seniors, Veterans, Volunteer Firefighters, Ambulance Personnel, and Active U.S. Military Personnel.