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
What's in the Compendium?
The park Compendium includes:
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.
Federal laws and NPS management policies
Gateway National Recreation Area was created by an act of Congress. The enabling legislation that created the park in 1972 defines the original scope and vision for the park.
Since Gateway is part of the National Park Service, NPS Management Policies govern what this park can and cannot do, along with the rest of the national parks in the United States.
Last updated: May 9, 2019