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Season Nears for Greenwich Beach Passes

It's the cusp of spring and that means looking forward to the start of the park and beach season in Greenwich. Here’s the rundown of what you need to know for the upcoming season.

• Park passes are required from May 1 through Oct. 31 at Greenwich Point, the Byram Beach/Pool, Great Captain Island and Island Beach.

• Before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m., no per person fees will be charged. Only vehicle permits for residents and vehicle fees for visitors will be required. Leashed dogs are allowed only until March 31, so get to the beach with your pup before time runs out.

• Only new residents and those who did not purchase a pass last season will be required to submit an application. To get a park pass, find an application at the town’s website online. Submit two residency proofs for all applicants born in 1986 or before. Seniors must submit a proof of age if born 1946 or before.

• For all cars taxed in Greenwich, submit a copy of the 2009 Town of Greenwich vehicle tax bill or current DMV registration for each sticker required. Passes are valid for only one year. For cars not taxed in Greenwich, submit a DMV vehicle registration and $100 for each sticker.

• Visiting guests and family members much purchase daily passes, but nannies and caregivers have separate application forms that can also be found on the town’s website.

• Day pass tickets can be purchased beginning May 1 at Town Hall at 101 Field Point Road from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; Eastern Greenwich Civic Center at 90 Harding Road in Old Greenwich, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center at 449 Pemberwick Road on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Park pass fees:

Born 1946 or before: Free

Born 1947-1995: $30

Born 1996-2006: $5

Born 2007-2011: Exempt

A ferry service runs to the two Islands beginning June 11, for a daily price of $20. Residents ages 16 to 64 pay a $4 fee, ages 5 to 15 pay a $3 fee and residents ages 0-4 and 65 and older ride for free. Daily pass holders ages 5 to 64 pay a $10 fee. All ferries depart from the Arch Street ferry dock.

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