Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, And Area Designations For Specific Use Or Activities (36 CFR §1.5)

(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park, and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:

Visiting Hours:

All Park areas, not otherwise closed to public use, will be open to public use according to a schedule of visiting hours, as follows:

The Park's grounds are open from sunrise to sunset every day.

The Visitor Center is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm – five days per week, Wednesday through Sunday and the President’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day federal holidays - and CLOSED on January 1st, Thanksgiving Day and December 25th.

Guided tours of the Theodore Roosevelt Home are offered on the hour from 10:00am – 4:00pm five days per week, Wednesday through Sunday and the President’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day federal holidays - and CLOSED on January 1st, Thanksgiving Day and December 25th.
The Old Orchard Museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm – five days per week, Wednesday through Sunday and the President’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day federal holidays - and CLOSED on January 1st, Thanksgiving Day and December 25th.

Administration offices are open from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, year round. Administration offices are CLOSED on federal holidays.

The Park and all of its facilities, including vehicle use and use of the grounds, are closed year round between sunset and sunrise. No overnight parking or camping are permitted.

Public Use Limits:

All areas of the Park, not otherwise closed to public use, will be open to public use with the following limits that are deemed necessary for safety and security:

Any or all areas may be closed to public use or a special use permit may be cancelled at the discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee when an emergency or potentially hazardous condition exists.

Leaving property unattended for any period of time requires a permit.

Leaving unknown property unattended in the park area threatens public safety, the environmental
and scenic values of the park, the natural and cultural resources of the park, and the orderly

The maximum Park capacity shall not exceed 1,500 visitors at any one time except at the discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee.

The park is located on a dead end road and has limited parking capacity. The designated parking area can only hold 100 vehicles and minimal overflow parking is available in a designated field adjacent to the main parking lot. Based on the size of the site, the limited parking capacity, and the other location factors, total visitor capacity of 1,500 at any one time is in the best interests of public safety.

The Roosevelt Home is available by guided tour only. Guided tours, given throughout the day, are limited to fourteen persons.

Public spaces in the historic home are limited due to narrow hallways and stairways which contain original historic fabric and furnishings. Visitor numbers are limited to preserve and protect the structure and its contents and to ensure that visitors have a safe and informative experience. Individual or large group tours should make a reservation through recreation.gov.

All school groups consisting of fifteen or more students who are under the age of eighteen shall be accompanied by a minimum of one chaperon for every 10 students, during the group visit. Chaperones must be a minimum of eighteen years of age. Students found without their chaperon will be reconnected with their respective group.

Chaperones on a 1:10 ratio are required to be with students to ensure that park rules and regulations are followed and that all students have a safe and educational visit to the site.

Disorderly persons or groups will be asked to exit the Park and asked not to return to the Park on the day they are removed.

One of the Park‘s primary missions is to provide a safe space to be used and enjoyed by the American people. Disorderly persons or groups who infringe on the use and enjoyment of other Park visitors or threaten the safety of themselves or other visitors will be asked to exit the Park. Additionally, disorderly activities that are incompatible with the operation of a museum are not permitted.

One of the Park’s primary missions is to preserve and protect the site and its museum collections for future generations to enjoy and experience. Any activity that negatively impacts the Park’s natural and cultural resources is not permitted. Accordingly the following activities are prohibited:

Climbing over, under or around railings, gates, doors, stanchions and lines, barricades or other physical barriers used to control public access is prohibited.

Marking trees, benches or structures by inscribing with a sharp instrument or by drawing with ink or paint is prohibited.
It is prohibited to sit, stand upon or climb any wall, fence, refuse receptacle, tree or exhibit.

Touching the furnishings or objects in the Theodore Roosevelt Home is prohibited.

It is prohibited to consume food or drink in public areas inside of all buildings in the Park.

Picnicking is prohibited in all areas other than the picnic area behind the Visitor Center.

The Park’s lawns, fields and pastures are part of a significant historical cultural landscape and are therefore inappropriate for picnicking. The same is true for the nature trail and Roosevelt Beach area which abuts the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Coolers, umbrellas and/or shelters, children’s beach toys, sunbathing and any other activity typical of a recreational beach is prohibited at the Roosevelt Beach.

The Park’s natural area, nature trail, marsh and beach are part of a significant cultural and natural landscape which shares a boundary with the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Roosevelt Beach area is for passive recreation only, including wildlife viewing; enjoyment of the natural scenery; and connection to nature. Any activity that negatively impacts this experience is prohibited.

Visitors are prohibited from entering the Roosevelt home with bags or packages exceeding 11” x 15”. Museum security professionals recommend that parcels larger than 11”x15” be prohibited from museums as a standard security practice.

Closure:

The following areas of the Park shall be, for safety and security purposes, closed to all public use:


  • Park staff residential areas
  • Maintenance area
  • Staff office areas of Old Orchard Museum and the Roosevelt Home

Access to any of the above areas is permitted only with the permission of the superintendent or his/her designee.

Government vehicles may park in all areas otherwise designated no parking. Also, government employees, in the performance of their official duties, may park private vehicles temporarily in those areas to facilitate Park operations.



Determination:

These public closures and exceptions are in effect to maintain the privacy and security of employees to work and/or live in the park.

Closure:

Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.

Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links.) This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g. model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

Determination:

This closure is in effect to maintain the historical significance of the site and to provide visitors with the appropriate experience to be able to understand and comprehend the events that occurred in the park.

Closure:


  • All grounds are closed to picnicking

Determination:

This closure is in effect to maintain the historical significance of the site and to provide visitors with the appropriate experience to be able to understand and comprehend the events that occurred in the park.


(a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity, under the conditions and/or restrictions as noted:


Areas Designated for a Specific Use or Activity:


The area directly behind the Visitor Center has been designated as a picnic area.

The following restrictions and/or conditions are in effect for the specific uses or activities noted:

Passenger Carrying Busses:
  • Engines must be shut down when not underway.

The idling of bus engines adds unnecessary exhaust fumes to the air and diminishes the enjoyment by visitors of the peace and tranquility of the park. Due to the nature of the service provided by the shuttle busses, they are excluded from the requirement.

Hiking and Pedestrian Use:
  • Hiking and pedestrian use is restricted to the park’s trails and walkway system
  • Leaving a trial or walkway to shortcut between portions of the same trail or walkway, or to shortcut between portions of the same trail or walkway is prohibited.

Restricting hikers and pedestrians to the park’s trails and walkways helps protect the fragile habitat and natural resources of the park.


Photography:
  • Photography and Audio Recording in the historic Theodore Roosevelt House-Museum is prohibited.

One of the Park’s primary missions is to preserve and protect the park and its museum collections for future generations to enjoy and experience. Filming, photography and audio recording inside the Roosevelt Home presents a safety hazard to visitors and staff, is distracting to visitor experience and may be damaging to the historic collections and fabric of the home.

Sports, Snow Sports:
  • Organized sports, use of bicycles, winter activities

The playing of organized baseball, football, soccer, Frisbee, hackisac, catch or similar recreational activities is prohibited, except if authorized by the Park superintendent or his/her designee.

The use of a bicycle is only permitted in the Visitor Center parking lot and the Old Orchard access road.

Downhill skiing, ice skating, sledding, inner tubing, and tobogganing are prohibited throughout the Park.

Maintenance of the manicured landscape as well as nature trails is crucial for interpreting the cultural landscape and fulfilling the Park mission. Bicycling on routes other than designated above, and playing organized sports is incompatible with preservation maintenance as well as the safety of visitors/pedestrians.

These activities are prohibited to ensure visitor safety and to and protect the natural and cultural resources of the Park.

Other Vehicular use in the Park:
The use of Segway personal transporters and similar devices is permitted on all paved surfaces at speeds not exceeding a walking pace. Such mechanized transportation devices are not permitted inside buildings. Segway personal transportation devices are not designed, approved or marketed as motorized wheelchairs, and are not considered such.

The use of off-road motor vehicles is prohibited in the Park except when designated by the park Superintendent and to facilitate park operations.

Public parking for the purpose of visiting Park facilities or using Park resources or for individuals conducting business with the Park is permitted in the Visitor Center parking lot only.

Employees, agents and contractors of the Park may park private vehicles in the parking lot
located adjacent to the Old Orchard Museum, except as provided in 36 CFR 1.5 (a) (1) Park Area
Closures above.



CTV Policy Statement

In accordance with National Park Service Law Enforcement Reference Manual 9 (RM-9), notice is hereby given that Sagamore Hill National Historic Site uses Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security camera monitoring.

The park’s use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for law enforcement and security purposes will only be to visually monitor public park areas and public activities where no constitutionally
protected reasonable expectation of privacy exists. Such CCTV use – which will have adequate privacy and First Amendment safeguards – will be to help ensure public safety and security;
facilitate the detection, investigation, prevention, and deterrence of terrorist attack and crime; help ensure the safety of citizens and officers; help assist in the proper allocation and deployment of law enforcement and public safety resources; and help facilitate the protection of the innocent and the apprehension and prosecution of criminals. (RM-9, 26.1)

This policy does not restrict the official use of CCTV in government administrative areas, including administrative buildings, jail holding facilities (RM-9, 26.3.7), revenue collection sites, etc., where the government may record/monitor its facilities. For example, the government may perform unrestricted video/audio recording at revenue collection points (entrance stations, visitor center counters, etc.). This policy does not restrict the use of an Audio/Visual Recording Device (AVRD) in patrol vehicles or officer-worn recording devices used by commissioned rangers. (RM-9, 26.1).

Operation of CCTV cameras, maintenance of recorded images and use of recorded images will be in accordance with NPS and Department policy and applicable laws and regulations. (RM-9, 26.1-26.4) No person will be targeted or monitored merely because of race, religion, gender, sex, disability, national origin, or political affiliation or views. (RM-9, 26.4.2)

Nothing in this policy statement is intended to create any rights, privileges, or benefits not otherwise recognized by law.

(a)(3) The following restrictions, limits, closures, designations, conditions, or visiting hour restrictions imposed under §§(a)(1) or (2) have been terminated:
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Last updated: June 27, 2018

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