Hempstead Town Board Adopts Patriotic Legislation As America Celebrates Independence; Offers Active Military Personnel Discounts to Various Parks Facilities

Issued by: Hempstead Town Council

During the week that America celebrates its independence, the nation’s largest township is continuing a longstanding tradition of supporting our military. Earlier this week, the Hempstead Town Board voted to memorialize its ongoing practice of offering many pool and beach admission discounts to active military personnel in the Town of Hempstead.

Active military personnel will now pay the same reduced rate as veterans, senior citizens, auxiliary officers, police officers and firefighters, saving up to 50 percent at many town facilities. The town has provided this discount to active military for the past two years, and made the policy official by adopting Town Board resolutions.

“The Town of Hempstead has offered discounts to veterans for many years, but there are many soldiers who remain on active duty in service of our great nation,” stated Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “We are proud to add ‘active military’ to the town’s list of distinguished citizens who are receiving discounts to many local pools and beaches.”

Active military personnel will receive discounts to the following Town of Hempstead parks facilities: Echo Park Pool in West Hempstead, Hewlett Point Park in Bay Park, Averill Boulevard Pool in Elmont, Newbridge Road Pool in Bellmore, Oceanside Pool in Oceanside, Veterans Memorial Pool in East Meadow, Rath Park Pool in Franklin Square,  Forest City Pool in Wantagh, Town Park Lido West in Lido Beach, Town Park at Lido Beach in Lido Beach, Town Park at Sands in Lido Beach, and Town Park Point Lookout in Point Lookout.   

“Particularly during the summer months, when our town beaches and pools are up and running, the Town of Hempstead is eager to give active military personnel a place to decompress during a visit home,” said Councilman Ed Ambrosino. Added Councilman Bruce Blakeman, “As we mark our nation’s independence, I can’t think of a better time to give great discounts to our men and women in uniform.”

“I am proud to join my colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board in giving back to those who defend America’s freedom throughout the globe,” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dennis Dunne, “As a veteran of the United States Marines, I fully support this policy of offering reduced rates to our brave servicemen and servicewomen.”

To receive the Active Military discount, residents should bring their United States Uniform Services Privilege and Identification Card to the beach/pool on the day of their visit. For more information, please call the Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation at (516) 292-9000.