Park and NPS Rules and Regulations
National Park Service laws and regulations are identified in the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 36: Parks, Forests and Public Property). In addition, each national park complies an annual Compendium of rules which are subject to the discretionary authority of the park superintendent. These rules have the force of law and protect visitors and wildlife, making sure that parks can be enjoyed while park resources are preserved and maintained.
In June 2014, due to concerns for human safety and the preservation of park resources, the National Park Service issued a policy memorandum
banning the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) on lands and waters administered by the agency. This includes Gateway, which added the prohibition to the park Compendium in August 2014. This hold on unmanned aircraft will allow the NPS to study the issue further and propose Servicewide regulations.
What's in the Compendium?
The park Compendium includes:
- what areas of the park are open to the public and the hours when they are open;
- what areas may or may not be used for a specific activity such as where you can bring your leashed pet for a walk or where you may exercise specific First Amendment rights;
- what activities require a permit, either from the park or from another government agency;
- what resources must be preserved;
- where and when visitors may consume alcohol, and;
- what rights and responsibilities visitors have when they visit Gateway
Recently updated restrictions include the following:
Alcoholic beverages at Sandy Hook are now prohibited. This restriction does not affect visitors having weddings at the Sandy Hook Chapel or other permit holders.
Alcoholic beverages at the swimming beach at Great Kills Park in Staten Island are now prohibited.
Smoking is prohibited on the beaches at Sandy Hook, N.J. and Great Kills Park in Staten Island. Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas in all parking lots.
Only umbrellas with a diameter of 8' that require only one central station to support shade are allowed on the beaches. Small tents designed for infants/toddlers are allowed as long as an infant/toddler is present.
Currently e-bikes are not allowed in NYC and therefor, until e-bikes are permitted in NYC, Gateway will not allow e-bike use in the New York City portions of GATE. In the NJ portion of GATE, e-bikes will be allowed in the Sandy Hook Unit as outlined below:
Class 1 and class 2 e-bikes are allowed on most routes open to traditional bicycles, including the Multi Ues Paths (MUP). Class 1 and class 2 e-bikes provide assistance to the operator only up to 20 miles per hour. Speed limits of 10 mph will be posted on the MUP's. Class 3 e-bikes, which can provide assistance up to 28 miles per hour, are not allowed on any park trail or MUP. Additionally the park will maintain its prohibition of e-bikes on all trails where traditional bicyles are already banned. More information and frequntly asked questions about e-bikes in national parks are available on the e-bike webpage.