FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 05, 2019
ALL NYC PARKS BEACHES WILL CLOSE TO SWIMMING AND SURFING ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, DUE TO DANGEROUS RIP CURRENT WARNINGS
Starting Friday, September 6, through Saturday, September 7, NYC Parks will close all City beaches to swimming and surfing, due to the dangerous conditions predicted as an effect of Hurricane Dorian. The City’s 53 outdoor public pools and 650 spray showers will remain open during this time with normal operations.
The National Weather Service predicts a dangerous rip current threat with possible ocean swells up to 10 feet on Friday and Saturday. This will affect all Atlantic Ocean beaches.
“Based on conditions projected by the National Weather Service, and in consultation with our sister agencies, Parks is closing all City beaches this Friday and Saturday,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “We implore New Yorkers to take the closures seriously and not to risk their safety by ignoring this directive and swimming and surfing while our shores are experiencing the impacts from Hurricane Dorian.”
Parks lifeguards and enforcement staff will be posted along the coastline to enforce the swimming and surfing ban. Closure signage will be posted at entryways of all beaches. New Yorkers are advised to adhere to all signage and instructions for their own safety, and to call 311 for updates on beach closures.