Rye Town Park
The Rye Town Park, Bathing Complex and Oakland Beach, was designed in 1909 by architects Upjohn & Conable and landscape architects Brinley & Holbrook. It is situated on 28.1 acres of rolling terrain along the shore of the Long Island Sound. The park is bounded to the north by Rye Beach Avenue, to the south by Dearborn Avenue, to the west by Forest Avenue and to the east by the publicly accessible 34.5 acre Oakland Beach, stretching 1200’ in length. Adjacent to the east is the beach area of Playland Amusement Park (National Historic Landmark). The boundaries of the park remain true to the original design and layout.
The park sits approximately 15 feet above the beach level, grounded securely by a rubble stone foundation/retaining wall on the eastern side. Character defining landscape features of the park include stone walls, a terrace overlook, a stone bridge, light fixtures, staircases and ramps, pathways, trees, plantings, lawns, a small lake and Oakland Beach. There are 17 structures within the park. Of these, six are historically significant and contribute to the architectural integrity of the site and are exemplary of a recreation facility designed at the turn of the 20th century. This cohesive collection of buildings, designed in the Spanish Mission Style, define the character and identity of the recreational Bathing Complex. Please click here to view our ArborScope Inventory of Trees throughout the park!
Rye Town Park Updates & Info
UPDATE: September 6, 2021
Thank you all for another fun and safe season at Rye Town Park! As we enter our off-season, here are our policies:
- There are no longer lifeguards on duty during the week (Monday - Friday) so swimming is PROHIBITED
- Saturdays and Sundays during the month of September will have lifeguards on duty so swimming will be allowed and normal beach fees apply
- The parking lot remains open with normal parking fees in affect until the end of September
- The bathrooms remain open until further notice
- As always, dogs are NOT allowed on the beach/sand at any time
- Dogs are allowed off-leash, with a permit from the City of Rye only between the hours of 6:00am - 9:00am, on the North End Hill
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times throughout the park
- Dogs are not allowed on the beach/sand at any time