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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Friday, April 17, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

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

The proposed rule will:

  • Define 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”.
  • Permit the use of body boards at authorized bathing beaches when bathing is permitted.
  • Provide 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.


Use of Body Boards on Public Beaches

Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001

Amy Kleitman (212) 360-1355

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf):