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Town of Rye, NY




(City of Rye, Rye Neck, Village of Port Chester and Village of Rye Brook)

PORT CHESTER, NEW YORK -- Rye Town Park and Beach will be open only to season permit holders and residents of Rye Town ( Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye Neck) and Rye City on July 4th Weekend (Friday, July 3 - Sunday, July 5, 2020). Season passes are still available for purchase.

Proof of residency will be required before entering the parking lot and the beach. Acceptable forms of identification include: a 2020 Season Permit, a NYS State-Issued photo I.D. (or other form of official photo I.D.) and a current utility bill.

Health and safety are the highest priorities for the Rye Town Park Commission during this pandemic, and precautions have been put in place for the 2020 season. Occupancy of the beach will be closely monitored and strictly limited. Park restrooms are limited to two people at a time, and are cleaned and sanitized every two hours. Park rangers and attendants are all equipped with PPE and will remind visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing.

In an effort to maintain the safety and enjoyment of visitors, the Rye Town Park Commission has enacted new beach rules for the 2020 season. These rules include:

  • Children under 16 years of age must at all times be accompanied by an adult 25 years or older. Each chaperone may take responsibility for a maximum of four children
  • All day pass visitors may be required to show proof

Passes and Parking:
Reduced-rate Resident Beach Day passes can only be purchased at the beach gates by credit card only. CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Full price parking and day passes can be purchased online through MPay2Park or onsite at one of the park’s three kiosks.

North Gate:

The North Gate is now open every weekend on the following limited schedule: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00am to 12noon.

Season Permits:

Permits can still be purchased using our online portal, https://permit.ryetownpark.com or at the permit office. The Park’s Season Permit office is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9:00AM - 3:00 PM. PERMIT SALES ARE FINAL AND ARE NON-REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON.

Parking and Beach rate schedule available online: https://www.townofryeny.com/requirement/rye-town-park-oakland-beach-permits-and-fees

For more information, please visit: https://www.townofryeny.com/rye-town-park-and-beach

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Our town nestles in a valley in the background of which lie the picturesque hills and dales of Westchester County. Our Town of Rye borders on Long Island Sound bordering on Connecticut at the gateway of New England within convenient commuting distance from New York and in the metropolitan area. While we started with the Boston Post Road running close to the sound and constituting our main highway, a toll road along which passed the horse-drawn stages, modern parkways and paved highways over which pass speedy motor vehicles now link our Town to all the cities, towns and villages of this great country of ours.

We started as a small settlement on Manursing Island, then developed Poningo Neck, which now is the business section of the City of Rye, and the Saw Pit, which now is Port Chester on the Byram River, with paths leading to various parts of the town. The Post Road, King Street, and the Grace Church Street were among some of our earliest carriage paths. Water transportation and stagecoach were the sole links the early settlers had with the outside world. The young settlement known as Saw Pit, so named from the saw pits then in use, continued as such until it outgrew this homespun name and became Port Chester by incorporating as a village in 1868 signifying a sea port which remains to this day. 

Early life in the settlement was strenuous. Attacks by Indians and severe winters were a deterrent to these early settlers. Farming, fishing, logging, and trading were the principal occupations. At Saw Pit, logs were cut for use in shipbuilding operations. Our town had no improvements in those days and homes were simple and crude. The seed sown by these early settlers was nurtured and grew to the present day when we enjoy the modern conveniences of our times.

For more information about the Town of Rye and early settlement, see Chronicles of a Border Town by Charles Washington Baird.

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