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The Access Pass permits residents of New York State with disabilities, as defined in the application, free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The pass holder may have free or discounted use of facilities operated by these offices, for which there is normally a charge.

The Access Pass is not valid at facilities within parks operated by private concerns under contract to the State, or for a waiver of fees such as those for seasonal marina dockage, for a group camp, for reservations of a picnic shelter, for performing arts programs, for consumables (i.e. firewood, electric, or gas), for campsite/cabin amenities, or for fees related to campsite/cabin reservations and registrations.

Individual Access Pass

To qualify for an Individual Access Pass, an applicant must be a resident of New York State, must provide proof of disability, in the form of certification from the appropriate agency or by a physician, as described on the application and must provide a recent photo that will be affixed to the Access Pass.

Group Access Pass

To qualify for a Group Access Pass, all members of the group must be residents of New York State. The group's authorized representative must provide proof of the group's members' disability (ies) in the form of certification from the appropriate agency or by verification of disability (ies) by a physician as described on the application.

Access Pass Eligibility Changes for 2010

The New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation has implemented changes to its Access Pass program, which provides state residents with certain permanent disabilities free or reduced cost admission to recreational facilities operated by State Parks and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Please refer to the May 19, 2010 State Parks Implements Access Pass Eligibility Reforms for more information.

Completed applications, with all required materials, should be mailed to:

Access Pass
State Parks
Albany, New York 12238

For more information, contact 518-474-2324 during normal business hours.

Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing of this application.

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