After being criticized for a new beach-access policy that would charge out-of-towners $308, officials in this wealthy suburb of New York City say they also will restrict access to all other town parks.
Selectmen say the seasonal beach pass, which will cost residents $20 and nonresidents $308, will also apply to parks such as Greenwich Common and Bruce Park. The town will not sell daily passes to parks and beaches.
Parks department employees will conduct spot checks at town parks and ask to see people’s passes. If park-goers do not have passes, they will be asked to leave, officials say.
The state Supreme Court last year struck down Greenwich’s residents-only beach access policy. Justices said the town could not prohibit nonresidents from using the beaches because the areas are public forums under the state Constitution. The court also said the policy violated citizens’ state and federal freedoms of expression and assembly.
Last month, selectmen approved a policy with fees allowing out-of-towners to visit the town’s beaches and about 30 of its parks.