Times they are a changin’!
Every other year, the Sandy Neck Park Manager and staff take a look at the rules and regulations for Sandy Neck Beach Park and make revisions and recommendations that are sent to the Town Manager for review and acceptance. Most, if not all changes, are based on keeping all beach users safe; it is a safety thing!
We are going to do our best to make sure that everyone who comes to enjoy all aspects of Sandy Neck is informed of these changes, well in advance of the summer season.
Sandy Neck Mission Statement
The mission of the Sandy Neck Program is to provide recreational opportunities and access to our town’s citizens and visitors while protecting the natural, cultural, and historic resources on Sandy Neck so that a long term, sustainable balance between use and conservation of these resources is achieved.
Off Road Beach Access Hours/Curfew
New hours for ORV beach access are going into effect immediately. The changes are based on safe times of operation due to daylight hours and staffing.
The In-Season ORV beach access is April 1st through October 31st. The ORV beach will open at 8am and will be closed at 11pm. You must be through the Gatehouse by 9pm in order to stay out until curfew. All ORV vehicles must be out of the park by 11pm.
The Off-Season ORV beach access is November 1st through March 31st. The ORV beach opens at 8am and closes at 4pm. All ORV vehicles must be off the beach by 4pm.
Off Road Vehicle Campers
The first change in camper regulations has to do with camper safety and the second with camper consideration. All campers, at time of yearly inspection, will be required to have a working carbon monoxide detector on board as standard equipment. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a potential problem we take seriously! Below are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning; it is colorless and odorless and can lead to serious health issues.
The second change regarding campers is the “courteous neighbor policy”. In order to respect all campers’ right to quiet enjoyment, all generators will be silenced between the hours of 10pm to 8am.
Campfire regulations are changing! Off Road Vehicle campfire rules will remain the same with the only exception being the following:
In-Season, April 1st through October 31st, off road vehicle users will be allowed campfires at 7pm or sunset, whichever comes first. All other customary rules and regulations will still apply.
Off-Season. From November 1st through March 31st there will be NO campfires allowed.
Public Beach patrons, intending to have a campfire in the designated area on the front beach, will need to purchase a campfire permit at the Gatehouse. The campfire permits will go on sale at 5pm each night, and may be limited in number.
In-Season, April 1st through October 31st, Campfires will be at 7pm or sunset, whichever comes first. All other customary rules and regulations will still apply.
Off-Season, November 1st through March 31st there will be NO campfires allowed.
Safety: All persons horseback riding on Sandy Neck will be required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved horseback riding helmet.
Horseback riding is now pay-as-you-ride; the fee is $20 per horse per ride. The first ride of the season, the horse owner will come in and fill out paperwork and receive a horse pass for the $20 fee per horse. Each time from then on, the rider(s) will present the horse pass or passes to the Gatehouse and pay the $20 per horse fee to ride on the beach. During season, when beach parking fees are required, the horse trailer and truck will be allowed to park in the Bodfish parking lot at no charge, but any other vehicles associated with the ride will have to pay the daily parking fee.