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NYS Offering Free Entry to State Park Pools

New York is offering free access to state pools this summer as part of the “Get Offline, Get Outside” campaign to promote physical and mental health in kids. The program is looking to encourage New York’s kids and families to put down their phones and computers, take a break from social media, and enjoy recreation and outdoor social gatherings.

Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off the campaign by announcing that the State is waiving swimming pool entry fees at New York State Parks this summer. Additionally, Governor Hochul launched the $1.5 million Connect Kids to Swimming Instruction Transportation Grant program to help with transportation to swimming lessons as part of the NY SWIMS initiative.

“We’re making it easier for our young people to put down their phones and computers, enjoy time with friends and family, and stay active all cross our state,” Governor Hochul said. “Summer is here – get offline and get outside.”

Governor Hochul announced that the State is waiving pool entry fees for the rest of this summer at swimming pools located at State Parks throughout New York. Regular parking fees still apply at State Parks locations that include on-site parking. Governor Hochul has also initiated a pilot program at State Park pools to offer free sunscreen to help families stay safe in the sun and enjoy the outdoors.

New Yorkers can now visit the following pools without being charged entry fees this summer:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Bear Mountain State Park Pool – Bear Mountain
    • FDR State Park Pool – Yorktown
    • High Tor State Park Pool – New City
    • Rockland Lake State Park Pool – Valley Cottage
  • New York City
    • Roberto Clemente State Park Pool – Bronx
    • Riverbank State Park Pools (Indoor and Outdoor) – Manhattan
  • Long Island
    • Jones Beach State Park West Bathhouse Pool – Wantagh
    • Montauk Downs State Park Pool – Montauk
  • Capital Region
    • Saratoga Spa State Park Pools (Peerless and Victoria) – Saratoga Springs
  • Mohawk Valley
    • Mine Kill State Park Pool – North Blenheim
  • Southern Tier
    • Watkins Glen State Park Pool – Watkins Glen
  • Finger Lakes
    • Letchworth State Park Pool – Castile
  • Western New York
    • Fort Niagara State Park Pool – Youngstown
  • North Country
    • Keewaydin State Park Pool – Alexandria Bay