Beaches in Stamford: Lifeguards, parking, passes and everything else you need to know for summer 2022

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STAMFORD — With the Fourth of July weekend a few days away, Stamford’s summer season is in full swing.

But before residents and visitors hit the beach on Long Island Sound, here’s what you need to know.

Through Labor Day, Stamford’s three main beaches — Cove Island Park, Cummings Beach and West Beach — will be watched by lifeguards from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Cove Island tram will run every 20 minutes between those same hours. No lifeguard will be on duty at Cove Island’s Quigley Beach, but the city is hoping new hires mean that could change soon.

Weekend hours are in place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the city’s only public pool at Dorothy Heroy Park. The North Stamford pool is open on weekends until Aug. 14. The public can swim on weekdays through Aug. 12 from 4 until 6 p.m.

To park at Stamford’s beaches and at Dorothy Heroy Park, residents must purchase passes, enforced by license plate only. Stamford residents with cars registered in-state this year will pay $26.59 for a parking pass. The city will charge $116.99 to residents without in-state vehicles; those without local cars must show a driver’s license and an electric, gas or oil bill along with their vehicle registration.

Adults 62 and older pay discounted rates: $7.44 for residents with in-state cars and $37.22 for out-of-state cars. Gold-star families, active-duty military personnel and veterans, along with their spouses, all receive seasonal beach permits for free. Non-Stamford residents must pay $292.46.

Visitors can purchase daily passes at each beach entrance. Local cars pay $26.50. Vehicles not registered in Stamford must pay $42.50 on weekdays and $69 on weekends.

Costs are consistent with 2021 beach permit prices.

Residents with out-of-state registrations will be reported to Stamford’s tax department, according to the city website, and may be subject to a tax bill.

City officials strongly recommend that residents purchase their beach permits online or by mail.