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This department oversees the Town's parks, beaches and marinas, pools, spray parks and an 18 hole par three golf course at Cedar Beach. The main office is located at 151 Phelps Lane in North Babylon and the phone number is (631) 893-2100.
Each Summer the department publishes the Summer Directory listing the programs that it administers. Such programs include: special events like the Beach Blast; recreation programs such as swimming lessons, day camps, dancing and many others; sports programs and leagues; kayaking; tennis and many others.
A full listing of offerings can be reviewed in the Summer Directory, a directory available at Town Hall or the Parks & Recreation Office. Any resident can register for a program. The Department of Parks & Recreation also issues permits for those seeking to use one of the many Town facilities for recreational purposes.
From Sunrise Highway - take exit 40 and follow the signs for Deer Park Avenue North; once you are on Deer Park Avenue, Phelps Lane is the left immediately before North Babylon High School.
From the Southern State Parkway - take exit 39 South to Deer Park Avenue; once you are on Deer Park Avenue, Phelps Lane is the right immediately after North Babylon High School.
From Montauk Highway - make a left onto Deer Park Avenue; Phelps lane is the left immediately before North Babylon High School.
In the guide you will find the names and phone numbers for the Town's recreation facilities, registration dates and times for Town programs, and information on annual Town events including the Beach Blast and Summer Theater Workshop. Remember that the Recreation Guide contains information about all the programs for the entire year so keep it handy.
The guide contains the dates and times for the Department of Parks & Recreation's Fall, Winter, and Spring events and programs. These include the Halloween Haunted House, the Tree Lighting at Town Hall, the Spring Egg Extravaganza and a wide variety of other activities.
Check the Parks & Recreation Summer Directory for information about this year's prices and dates of operation.
You must bring a NYS Driver's License, tax or utility bill, and the camping vehicle registration and all documentation must be in the same name. If your camper is a towable-type camping vehicle, you will also have to bring the tow vehicle registration.
This will enable you to make reservations via a lottery system held by the Town of Babylon. The online lottery can only be done through this website and will no longer be done in-person.
To use the online reservation system, you need a user ID and password. Visit the Parks & Recreation Office at 151 Phelps Lane anytime after February 1st for this information. Please bring proof of residency and your camping permit.
Note that each camping permit allows you only one campsite per holiday weekend. Any camper purchasing more than one permit will forfeit their sites and will no longer be able to participate in any future online registrations.
Once all campsites are reserved, the system will be closed and no longer able to accept reservations.
The online lottery system requires a user ID and password, which can be obtained at the Parks and Recreation Office at 151 Phelps Lane in North Babylon. Please bring proof of residency and your boating permit. All online reservations require a credit card for payment and prices vary depending on boat size. A 14 foot or larger slip costs $90 for the weekend; slips less than 14 feet cost $81 for the weekend. Payment must be made at the time of the online reservation. Please note that each boating permit allows only one boat slip per holiday weekend.
The Cedar Beach golf course is also located at Cedar Beach and can be contacted at (631) 321-4562. The Gilgo Beach Marina is also located at Gilgo Beach and can be contacted at (631) 826-1255.
Cedar Beach also boasts the Cedar Beach Marina which is accessible by boat and connected to Cedar Beach via a walkway. Camping (41 campsites) is accommodated at the marina for Town residents with full camping facilities available. Camping requires a camping permit which can be purchased in Town Hall in the Town Clerk's office. For more information on the Cedar Beach Marina, call (631) 669-5949.
The beach permit also allows you to enjoy the Town of Babylon's two bay beaches, Tanner Park in Copiague and Venetian Shores in Lindenhurst.
Please note that a Town beach permit does NOT qualify you for free entrance into New York State facilities including Robert Moses, Jones Beach, and Heckscher State Park.
Parks Department, Phelps Lane, North BabylonMid-may through the end of June, Monday - Friday 10 am to 6 pm Cedar Beach Marina, Ocean ParkwayMemorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, daily 9 am to 6 pm Tanner Park, Kerrigan Rd., CopiagueEnd of June through Labor Day Weekend, daily 9 am to 5 pm
PERMITS WILL NOT BE SOLD IN INCLEMENT WEATHER
The marina has berths for boats and 41 campsites for self contained camp vehicles (with an additional 10 sites for overflow campers).
The campsites are available on a first come, first served basis, maximum of one week at a time. There is no advance registration. For certain holiday weekends sites are apportioned via a lottery system through this website.
There is a $50 permit fee, or $25.00 for applicants 60 years of age or older, and applicants must show proof of residency and ownership of the boat. When applying for a permit, applicants must provide:
No photocopies of any documents are accepted.
Town pools are open from the end of June through Labor Day. Double proof of residency is required, i.e a tax and utility bill. Children older than 3 years old must have either a birth certificate, library card or report card for identification verification. All children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult to obtain a pool pass.
The family plan for the Phelps Lane pool is $160, which does include access to all other Town pools.
An individual Summer pool pass is $60, for access to all Town pools. A senior citizen individual summer pool pass is $25, and the senior citizen family plan is $40, both includes access to all Town pools.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 3 and under are free.
The spray parks are open for the season in late June. The spray park season ends after the first weekend of September.
Applicants must prove they are residents of the Town of Babylon and requirements include:
Applicants must submit a Boat Wait List application to be placed on a waiting list. Once added to the waiting list, the Town will send a letter in November to each person on the waiting list to verify that they are still interested in order to stay on the waiting list. In the event that a boat slip becomes available, those on the waiting list, (depending on the size of the available slip), will be notified by mail. The season for boat slips runs from April 15th to November 15th.
For camping, boating, and other seasonal permits, all applicants must present a New York State Driver's License along with one of the following forms of identification:
Camping Permits cost $50.00, or $25.00 for those 60 years of age or older. Camping Permits are for use at Cedar Beach only and applicants must prove they are Town of Babylon residents by providing:
The resident must reapply for a new Camping Permit at a cost of $50.00 or $25.00 for those 60 years of age or older. Applicants must be a resident of the Town of Babylon and show a current New York State Driver's License.
The Boat Launch Permit allows residents to use the launch ramps located at Venetian Shores and Tanner Park on the Great South Bay.
The resident must reapply for a new Boat Docking/Launching Permit at a cost of $50.00 or $25.00 for those 60 years of age or older. Applicants must be a resident of the Town of Babylon and show a current New York State Driver's License.
Jet Ski launching is available at Tanner Park and Venetian Shores ONLY and applicants must prove they are Town of Babylon residents by providing: