BAY SHORE, Long Island (WABC) -- New York State Parks, Nassau County and Suffolk County joined with Discover Long Island Thursday to announce an extension of the 2020 summer season for many attractions, parks, pools, campgrounds and beaches in order to give Long Islanders a little bit more of glorious summer.
The start of the season was delayed this year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, making many feel as if the summer was cut short. But officials came together to say there will be plenty to do past Labor Day.
Nassau County's Nickerson Beach will remain open and staffed with lifeguards on weekends through the end of September, and residents are encouraged to take advantage of the many amenities in the county's 70 parks and preserves that remain open, including golf courses, tennis courts, playgrounds, dog parks, athletic fields, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the Museum of American Armor and more.
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Suffolk County's campgrounds and parks will continue to welcome campers and park goers beyond the holiday weekend, and county beaches will extend beach hours with lifeguards on weekends through the end of September.
New York State beaches will also remain open and staffed with lifeguards.
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Additionally, Hempstead will keep its town beaches and pool open for the entire month of September, with lifeguards.
County executives Laura Curran and Steve Bellone believe keeping summer attractions open will help mitigate some of the economic damage done by coronavirus at the start of the summer.
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Remaining open through September:
--Smith Point Beach
Field 6 daily until September 20th
Field 2 weekends only (September 12&13 and September 19&20th)
Central Mall daily until September 20th
West Bathhouse Ocean weekends only (September 12&13 and September 19&20th)
Field 2 daily until September 20th
Field 3 daily until September 13th and the weekend of September 19th& 20th
Field 4 daily until September 13th and the weekend of September 19th& 20th
Field 5 daily until September 20th
Main Beach daily until September 20th
East Beach weekends only (September 12&13 and September 19&20th)
Daily until September 20th
After Labor Day, weekends only (September 12&13 and September 19&20th)
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Summer just got longer on Long Island: NY extends season for beaches, parks, campgrounds