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PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) - Rhode Island for the first time can buy season beach passes online or or in advance at an off-site location in North Kingstown, as part of Governor Gina Ramondo's initiative to support state parks and beaches.

The Department of Environmental Management, hopes that this new option will lower the amount of time people spend at entry booths and help reduce traffic into the parking lots.

DEM Director Janet Coit said they are "excited to offer new, convenient options for Rhode Islanders and visitors to get a season pass so they can spend more time on the beach - instead of waiting in line at the entrance booth." 

"Our online option is just one way we're working to make our world-class beach facilities more accessible. The opening of our beaches is always a special time, and we invite everyone to head out to one of these spectacular places to watch the waves roll in or take a walk along the water's edge," said Coit. 

The DEM will be promoting the online buying option heavily between now and the official opening of beaches on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26.

There are also several in-person opportunities to buy season pass at the following locations: 

  • RI State Parks Headquarters, 1100 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning on May 25, passes will also be available for purchase on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weekday hours may be extended with increased demand. Please call RI State Parks at 667-6200 to confirm hours or go to www.riparks.com

 

  • The Scarborough State Beach overflow lot located across the street from Scarborough State Beach (870 Ocean Road, Narragansett) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, from May 11 to June 30, excluding Memorial Day weekend and holiday. Beginning July 1, passes will be sold from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding July 4. 

 

  • Scarborough North, Roger Wheeler, and Misquamicut state beaches from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting, on Saturday, May 11; Sunday, May 12; Saturday, May 18; and Sunday, May 19.                                                                                

 

  • Entrance booths at all state saltwater beaches starting Tuesday, May 28. To reduce wait times and traffic, season beach passes will only be available for purchase at entrance booths on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Passes will not be available at beach entrance booths on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays

A season pass is $30 for residents and $60 for non-residents. 

State beaches will be open daily from the traditional start of the summer recreation season, May 25, until Labor Day. However, Scarborough South is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 22. 

Non-surf beaches at Lincoln Woods State Park, Pulaski State Park, Fort Adams State Park, Goddard Memorial State Park and the Burlingame Picnic Area will be open daily beginning on May 25, until labor day. There are no fees to access beaches within state parks. 

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