Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Access Pass

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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 must be present and 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 for amenities, including some services or locations operated by an outside concessionaire. To see a complete listing of these rules and restrictions, view the Access Pass Guidelines shown below.

Individual Access Pass

To qualify for an Individual Access Pass, an applicant must be a resident of New York State, must provide documentation showing proof of disability dated within 1 year of the date on the application in the form of certification from the appropriate agency or by a physician as described on the application and must provide a recent photo (for patrons age 17 and younger) that will be affixed to the Access Pass and presented with a scannable card. Both cards must be presented on each occasion the pass is applied toward a fee waiver. Applicants age 18 and older must present the scannable Access Pass along with a New York State issued ID (NYS Driver's License or NYS Non-Driver ID Card).

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.

A Certificate of Operation can be submitted to satisfy Part 2 of the Group Access Pass Application.

For all 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 or email accesspass@parks.ny.gov

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