Use of Body Boards on Public Beaches

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2015


Statement of Basis and Purpose

This rule allows members of the public to use “body boards” at authorized bathing beaches under the Department’s jurisdiction.

The rule:

  • Defines body boards as being semi-curved rectangular objects made of closed-cell foam designed to be used lying down on the stomach (not for standing on) that are no longer than 46” in length and 24” in width.  In addition, body boards must not have rigid or semi-rigid attachments or protrusions that serve as rudders and are used to aid in steering, commonly referred to as “skegs”.
  • Permits the use of body boards at authorized bathing beaches when bathing is permitted.
  • Provides Department personnel discretion to restrict the use of body boards due to on-site conditions.

The Parks Department’s authority for these rules is found in sections 389, 533(a)(9) and 1043  of the New York City Charter.