City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver was joined by Staten Island Parks Commissioner Lynda Ricciardone, elected officials and community members to unveil the ramp during an event on Thursday to kick off the beach season.
“This year is special at South Beach because we are unveiling our newly renovated ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)-accessible ramp, which provides access to the boardwalk and the beach,” Silver said.
The new ramp, located at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk at Sand Lane, replaces the former ramp destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) urged Staten Islanders to keep beaches and parks clean.
“We want to keep our beaches and our parks clean this summer, and we want to encourage people to tell their friends, family and neighbors not to litter because littering is not good for the environment, the animals, the birds and not good for any of us,” she said.
Silver discussed several water safety tips, which can be found on the city Parks Department website.
The city is also continuing its partnership with IMPACT Melanoma and Bright Guard to offer free SPF 30 sunscreen dispensers located at all city beaches this summer.
Beaches across New York City officially open on Saturday, and will remain open through Sept. 9. Lifeguards will be on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times.
Staten Island is home to four city public beaches, and South Beach is among the most visited in the city.
Boardwalk bicycle rental stations, operated by Wheel Fun Rentals, are located at Sand Lane and at Jefferson Avenue.
SWIMMING BEACH LOCATIONS
Staten Island’s swimming beaches, operated by the city Department of Parks and Recreation, include:
- Cedar Grove Beach, located at Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach, which stretches from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field. The boardwalk and beach area include South Beach and Midland Beach. The boardwalk is closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Wolfe’s Pond Beach, located on Raritan Bay and Prince’s Bay, between Holton and Cornelia avenues.
- South Beach, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, Midland Beach.
Before heading out to the beach, visit the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s New York City Area Beaches page for water quality advisories or closures, or text BEACH to 877-877 to receive real-time opening, closing and water quality information.
GATEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
The beach in Great Kills Park, part of the Staten Island Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area of the National Park Service, also opens Saturday.
Lifeguards will be on duty there from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, through Labor Day.