A lifeguard keeps watch over Jones Beach on July Fourth.

A lifeguard keeps watch over Jones Beach on July Fourth. Credit: Barry Sloan

Let the swimming continue.

Four Long Island state parks are keeping lifeguards on duty through Sept. 16, said George Gorman, Long Island deputy regional director, state parks.

The extended swimming hours, every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., are being offered at Montauk's Hither Hills, Kings Park's Sunken Meadow, Babylon's Robert Moses at Fields 2 and 5, and Wantagh's Jones Beach at Field 6, he said. Also at Jones Beach, swimming will be allowed at the West Bathhouse Saturday and Sunday. At the Central Mall, there be lifeguards until Sunday, and then again on Sept. 15 and 16.

The swimming season has been lengthened at Long Island state parks for the past several years, as summerlike temperatures linger on, and the parks department has enough lifeguards who are retired, or have yet to start full-time or other seasonal employment, Gorman said Tuesday.

"We stay open into the middle of September because the water temperature is in the mid-70s, and if the air and weather is nice, we still get thousands of people who want to come to the beach and swim," he said. "So we try to accommodate them, instead of trying to keep them out of the water."

The spray pad at Jones Beach, which opened this summer, will stay open even longer. Families will be welcome every day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., through Columbus Day, Gorman said. The holiday falls on Oct. 8 this year.

Jones Beach 

Field 6 10 a.m.– 6 p.m daily (9/4 – 9/16)

  • West Bathhouse  10 a.m.-6 p.m. (9/8 and 9/10)
  • Central Mall: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (9/4 till 9/9 and 9/15 and 9/16)
  • Spray Pad: 10 a,m.–6 p.m. (daily until Columbus Day)

Robert Moses

  • Field 2 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (daily 9/4 – 9/16)
  • Field 5 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (daily 9/4 – 9/16)

Sunken Meadow

  • 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. daily (9/4 till 9/16)


  • Hither Hills 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (9/4 — 9/16)

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