Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations for Participation in All Town of Hempstead Programs

  1. Courses will be held subject to a minimum registration of 15 people (except swimming, which is 6 people). For information on programs or registrations:
  2. Proof of Town residency is required for registration and participation in all events and pool memberships. A current (less than three months old) telephone bill, electric bill, deed, lease or driver's license with two forms of identification will serve as proof.
  3. All registrations are online except where indicated
  4. Reduced registration fees and pool admission discounts extended to: current Military Service Personnel with proper military identification; Veterans with a copy of honorable discharge certificate, DD form 214, VA card or membership card from a recognized veteran’s organization; the Physically Challenged with a New York State Department of Parks and Recreation Access Pass or Nassau County Recreation and Parks Leisure Pass for the Physically Challenged; Senior Citizens (ages 60 and up); volunteer firefighters, volunteer ambulance corps members; auxiliary police officers; and children ages 5 to 9.
  5. Children under 10 years of age MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian during program participation
  6. For Cultural Arts- Adventure Tours and Performing Arts events (including lectures, children shows)- we encourage all patrons to purchase tickets in advance. NO discounts for children’s shows. Personal checks or money orders, payable to the Town of Hempstead, must include the name, address and telephone number of the person who is purchasing the tickets. Mail to: Town of Hempstead Dept. of Parks and Recreation- 200 N. Franklin Street, Hempstead NY 11550. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your check.
  7. Programs will not be held on Town and certain religious holidays. Contact your course instructor for details.
  8. The Town reserves the right to change a schedule, registration or fees, and to cancel, reschedule or modify any course or program. The Town is not responsible for printing errors in this publication.
  9. Hours of facility operation subject to change.
  10. No refunds for programs, performances or admissions.
  11. A family pool membership will consist of a married couple and any unmarried, dependent children, up to age 21, residing in the same household. Full-time college students may be included in a family pool membership. Proof that the individual is a full-time student must be submitted.

PLEASE READ ALL RULES & REGULATIONS CAREFULLY!

Can Non-Hempstead Town residents use Hempstead Town parks facilities?

Town park facilities are open to Town of Hempstead RESIDENTS ONLY. The Town of Hempstead stretches from the New York City border to the Oyster Bay and North Hempstead division lines. Persons living in the city of Long Beach are not Town of Hempstead residents.

The following are exceptions:

- Guests of a Town of Hempstead resident may use Merrick Golf at a higher fee structure when accompanied by a Town of Hempstead resident.

- Town Beaches are open to non-Hempstead Town residents at a higher fee structure.

Who is Considered a District or Non-District Resident?

A District Resident is an individual in the Town of Hempstead who does not reside in an incorporated village or a special park district.

A Non-District Resident is an individual who resides in the Town of Hempstead within an incorporated village or in Special Park District.

Note: Persons who reside in these specific areas pay different property taxes.

All individuals in the town are members of the General Park Fund, which includes major beaches such as Town Park at Point Lookout and Forest City Park. State legislation created areas called Special Park Districts, where individuals in these areas have exclusive use of parks and pools due to a separate tax levy. A town park district includes persons who do not live in special park districts and live in incorporated villages, which usually have their own recreation departments.

For example, a person who lives in the Incorporated Village of Valley Stream must pay a non-district rate when entering a pool, while a person living in the unincorporated community of Valley Stream is considered a district resident because they pay special taxes which go into the park district fund.