Opened in 1932, the park is named in honor of Jacob Riis, the famed New York City journalist and photographer who documented the plight of the poor and working class. Riis beach is also known as "The People's Beach" and is comprised of 14 bays, and during the warm days of summer each bay has it's own distinctive personality, which you can read about in this New York Times article.
I grew up in an area of Brooklyn that was just a bridge crossing away, and often spent summer days here, as it was very accessible by public bus.
40 hours of training.
A CPR course.
Swimming tests and a written test.
They must be able to swim 440 yards in 7 minutes and 40 seconds to qualify for a pool assignment, or 6 minutes and 40 seconds to qualify for a beach assignment. Beach lifeguards must also complete a 300-yard ocean swim.
Near Riis Park is The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the northeastern United States --over 9,000 acres. Jamaica Bay is the best place in New York City to observe seasonal migration of birds. The bay's islands and ponds are a key layover spot for birds along the Atlantic Flyway. During the spring and late summer, it's possible to see hundreds of different birds. More than 330 bird species that have been sighted at the refuge over the last 25 years; that is nearly half the species in the Northeast!
The sound of the ocean and the gentle breezes made our little guy very sleepy and he napped in my arms.
What more could I ask for? It was a perfect day at the beach!
I've joined in on "Theme Thursday" for the first time with this post, as the theme this week is "Summer." Click on the link to visit other participants.