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Posted on: June 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Five Western Suffolk County Towns Announce Pools and Spray Parks Closed for 2020


Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer has announced that the township is joining its four western-Suffolk County counterparts – Brookhaven, Islip, Huntington and Smithtown – in deciding to keep community pools and spray parks closed this summer as COVID-19 continues to spread on Long Island. 

“After much consideration, we unfortunately do not believe that we can make our pools and spray parks available this summer in a manner that is safe for both our residents and employees,” said Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “I know that I speak for all Town Board members and our Parks & Recreation Department when I say that it breaks our heart to make this announcement, knowing how much our residents love these facilities and rely on them to cool off in the hot summer months. It was a difficult decision but one that we feel is in the best interest of protecting public health, which is our utmost priority as we continue to battle COVID-19.”  

While the Town of Babylon will not be opening its pools and spray parks, its parks and beaches will be open for resident use during the summer. Residents are asked to follow social distancing guidelines when visiting and comply with COVID-19 specific rules, such as wearing face coverings in common areas. Visit for details.  

“This summer is obviously going to be different than others, but we are doing what we can to preserve as much of a normal summer as we can. I encourage our residents to visit our celebrated beaches, provided that you follow the necessary rules and use common sense, and also stay tuned for other things our parks team has planned for the next few months,” Supervisor Schaffer continued. 

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