Park Rules and Safety

Welcome to Ocean Beach Park

 

The following was taken from the Connecticut DEEP website regarding our State Parks. Although we are not a State Park, Ocean Beach Park is open for hiking and outdoor enjoyment and we also urge you to follow these extremely important recommendations:

Governor Lamont is urging all Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home” to help minimize community spread of COVID-19. The trails and grounds of Connecticut State Parks and Forests are open for solitary outdoor enjoyment. If you plan on visiting a park, it should be for solitary recreation, not group activities. Please plan ahead as many amenities and indoor facilities are closed, and visitors are encouraged to follow these guidelines to enhance social distancing:

Reducing community spread of coronavirus is imperative, and DEEP asks visitors to Connecticut State Parks and Forests to take the following steps to enhance “social distancing” when enjoying the outdoors.

If you’re not feeling well, stay home! Signs and symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Rather than traveling to some of the most popular spots, for example, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park, or Bluff Point State Park, (also Ocean Beach Park), try a park you may not have visited before or one close to your home. Because most park and forest facilities do not have open restrooms, visitors are encouraged to plan a trip to a nearby park for a short, local visit.
If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or trail, or return another day or time.
Observe the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people, whether you’re walking, biking, or hiking. Practice it and know what it looks like.
Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell, or horn.
Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to the park. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and equipment.
Bring water or drinks. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
Stay out of our playground area.

 

For the enjoyment of all our guests, we ask that you adhere to the following:
Park open during sunlight hours only during off season non summer days.  Gates locked at sunset except for banquets
Enter at your own risk
No diving
No working on vehicles in the park
Commercial photography is prohibited
Guests not to take pictures of others without consent
Do not feed the birds or other wildlife
Park routinely takes video and pictures of all guests
No lifeguards No swimming except during summer season where posted
We are not responsible for vehicles or contents
No loud music or music that impedes the enjoyment of other guests
No balloons anywhere outdoors,  please for our environment
No ball, Frisbee throwing etc playing
Park and/or attractions may close with inclement weather or other threat
No tent, umbrella or other item should impede Lifeguard’s view
Any tent, umbrella etc must be safely secured.  It is the owners responsibility
No delivery of and food or beverage products by outside restaurants or caterers
No soliciting
No bare feet on boardwalk or in food service areas
No vehicles, bikes, skateboards, scooters etc allowed on beach or boardwalk
No dogs or pets allowed at any time enforced all year
No alcoholic beverages
No refunds
No re-admittance to parking lot once you leave
No weapons
No student driving
No fishing
No littering
No glass anywhere in park
No grills, open flames or fireworks
No drones or motorized toys
3 mph speed limit
No unregistered motor vehicles
No launching of any boats or watercraft
Video Surveillance in use
A day at the beach including  swimming can be the greatest fun for all ages but can also turn into the biggest disaster if it’s not done responsibly. Here are a few thoughts: Make sure your children take swimming lessons. Swim only in designated areas where there are lifeguards present. Never swim alone. If you are the parent or guardian, the child’s safety is YOUR responsibility. Never trust a child, lifeguard, or any other individual to take it on for you. It’s yours. Leave your phone in your bag. Establish rules and boundaries for the kids so you can watch them easier. Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear coast guard approved life jackets…but don’t rely on them. Don’t let the kids play any unsafe games in or near the water, including diving, jumping into the water, holding breath games, etc. Inflatables and other water toys are not life saving devices. Parents and kids digging holes in the sand and building sand castles, never allow them to dig deep holes or tunnels, especially near water lines (area where waves come in) and fill in holes when you are done. Let’s all please have a safe and enjoyable summer. We are proud of our lifeguard staff and safety programs and are here to help, but it starts with you. Please watch your kids!