Beach Path Guided Walk

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2019 Season Permit information & fees

As adopted by the Rye Town Park Commission on March 20, 2019

Permit Office Hours:
Wednesday's through Sunday's - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Date: May 8th to July 14th
Location: 95 Dearborn Avenue, Rye NY - administration building across from the picnic pavilions

Register for a permit HERE 

RESIDENT PERMIT RATES

Senior Permit - $30.00 (includes parking & beach)
Individual Permit - $150.00 (includes parking & beach); $100 (beach only)
Family Permit*- $225.00 (includes parking & beach); $175 (beach only)
Parking Only - $125.00 (includes parking only)

NON-RESIDENT PERMIT RATES 

Senior Permit - $125.00 (includes parking & beach); $75 (beach only)
Individual - $350.00 (includes parking & beach); $275 (beach only)
Family Permit*- $450.00 (includes parking & beach); $375 (beach only)

The Park’s Season begins on the Friday before Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. With weather permitting, the season may be extended. Weather permitting, lifeguards are on duty and the beach is open for swimming from 9 a.m. until dusk. Parking and Beach admission fees will apply . For Tide Information, click here.  

We are upgrading and automating our entire operation!   All patrons (except for Permit Holders) will purchase parking and beach passes from one of three Multi Space Meters (MSM) located inside the park or use the mobile app MPAY2PARK to pay by phone. Starting in 2019, vehicles will be charged and recognized by license plate number.

RESIDENTS-ONLY REDUCED DAY PASS RATES

Residents who wish to take advantage of reduced daily rates can do so by registering their vehicle info using the permit application online at Permit.RyeTownPark.com; via mail by returning a completed application; or in person at the park’s Permit Office. Registration is FREE, but MUST be done in advance.

Once approved, you will get the reduced resident-only fees when you visit the park. The MSM and MPAY2PARK app will recognize residents by their license plate #. When you enter your plate #, the reduced rate will appear on the screen (MSM and Pay by Phone) prior to payment.

Permits - now including parking and beach access - can be purchased: online at Permit.RyeTownPark.com; via mail by returning a completed application or in person at the park’s Permit Office from 9am - 3pm Wednesdays through Sundays starting May 8th until July 14th.

In an effort to encourage walking and biking to the beach, Beach Only - without parking - permits are available for a $50 discount (except for resident seniors). These permits can be purchased in person at the Permit Office only.

During our Summer Months, the Park hosts many events for all ages. With thanks to our Local Sponsors we have been able to continue events for years and years, and will continue to do so. *More events to come! If you have questions, or an idea for an event, please Email: ssumma@townofryeny.com

Below you will see photos from our 2018 Fall Festival!

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

Westchester County EAP Program -   (914) 995-6070

NYSHIP Medical Health Insurance -   (877) 769-7447

Shelter Point Vision Insurance -          (800) 365-4999 or (516) 829-8100

Introduction

Rye Town Park opened to the public in 1909.  The park is owned and operated by the Town of Rye and City of Rye via the Rye Town Park Commission which is comprised of 6 members.  The entire park property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.  The park’s 62 acres includes 28 acres of parkland, and a large wildlife pond, as well as 34 acres of beachfront and swimming area, which have historically been known as Oakland Beach and Rye Beach.  

The beach is open for swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  The park is open year-round.  No restroom facilities are available from November through March.  As you walk along the beach path, you will encounter 25 trees directly along the way.  An updated inventory of all the park’s trees determined that as of November 2015 there are 327 trees of 59 species.  

If you start your walk at Edith Read Sanctuary or Playland, you will be following this guide in the reverse order.

Beach Path - South (bottom) to North (top)
Starting Your Walk

Starting from Dearborn Avenue, you will first encounter what is known as the south beach entrance gate.  There are two other entrances along the way.  Back in the early 20th century there was a pier extending out from Dearborn Avenue where steamboats brought park goers to and from New York City.  

Next, come two pavilions on your right.  These are used for special events, such as concerts, art shows, or public benefit events.  They can also be rented for private functions, such as reunions, graduations, weddings, and birthdays.  

You will notice that the administration (towers) building on your left, as well as the pavilions and restaurant on your right, are of a “Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival” style. The building architects were Upjohn and Conable.  The landscape architects were Brinley and Holbrook.  

Several of the trees by the pavilions are hybrid cherry varieties (166, 167,171).  

As you proceed along the path you will pass the middle entrance to the beach.  This entrance is left open during the off-season so that people can walk, jog, play in the sand, or just sunbathe, year round.

On your left you will see a gully that passes under the path to the beach.  This is the overflow stream bed, which allows water to come from the park’s pond to the Sound in times of heavy storms.  The pond receives runoff water from the park and two storm drains on Forest Avenue.  It serves to remove pollutants and nitrogen before the water reaches the Sound.  

On the right you will see the lifeguard and first aid station.  

Scholar Tree

Looking out toward Long Island Sound, you will notice a conglomeration of large rock outcroppings, with a breakwater extending beyond them to the of the park’s beachfront property.  These rocks are the nesting home of two shorebird colonies -- American oyster catchers and common terns.  Their habitats are protected by state law, to promote the regeneration of these threatened species of birds.

In the spring, you will see fairly large numbers of mating horseshoe crabs on the beach.  Unfortunately, their numbers have been declining in recent years.  

On the left side of the path, behind some trees, is a small pavilion which was designed to be a “folly” -- which the dictionary defines as "a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park.”  This folly was designed to look like an artesian spring, such as those in the gardens of Saratoga Springs.  

The building is now being used as a “prop” in the Lawnchair Theatre’s production of Shakespeare plays in the summer.  

Among the species of trees that you will encounter along this part of the path are: Scholar tree (340), honey locust (242), sycamore maple (225), Norway maple (162), mulberry (161), elm (164), and ash (228).  You will also see several linden tree (253) saplings that have been planted over the past few years.  

A large London plane tree (254) can be seen near the north end of the park, across from the north beach entrance and snack bar.  

A number of benches have been installed along the beach path, providing visitors an opportunity to take a break and enjoy the beautiful views of Long Island Sound.  

‍Looking North With London Plane Tree On Left
Leaving Rye Town Park

The beach walk continues northward, out of the park, and onto the path leading down to the boardwalk at Playland Amusement Park.  

Parking and Beach Access Fees For Rye Town Park

The park and beach are open to the general public.  You don’t have to be a resident to use the park.  Persons can pay on a daily basis or purchase season permits, which provide discounts to people planning to use the beach and park frequently.

Residents of Rye City, Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye Neck get discounts on both daily rates and season permits.

Non-residents of these communities can also buy season permits, at higher rates.

There are three categories of permits for residents and non-residents: Senior, Single, and Family.  

Parking Only permits can also be purchased, which provide for unlimited free parking during the beach season.

Daily rates for parking and beach access are higher on weekends than weekdays.

The daytime parking rates are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Evening parking rates run from 7 p.m. until the park closes.  Daytime beach access rates are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Late Afternoon beach access rates are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Evening Beach access rates are from 7 p.m until closing. Residents are free after 7 p.m for beach access.

See the complete chart of the 2019 daily and seasonal permit rates on the permits and fees page.

Pre-Season Operations: Starting May 3rd, the permit office is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre Season fees are charged for parking starting in April.