Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

September 06, 2016

State Parks Press Office:
Randy Simons | Dan Keefe
(518) 486-1868 |

Jones Beach State Park to Host Ride-and-Drive Event Featuring Clean Fuel Vehicles

National Drive Electric Week is September 10-18, 2016

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks), Greater Long Island Clean Cities, Empire Clean Cities and Clean Communities of Central New York will host a "Ride-and-Drive" event featuring clean fuel vehicles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 14th at Jones Beach State Park. In recognition of National Drive Electric Week, the event will showcase clean fuel vehicles, construction and maintenance equipment that can help state agencies, local governments, private companies and individuals reduce emissions.

Visitors with a valid driver license will be able to test out sedans, SVUs, pick-ups, vans, utility vehicles, golf-carts, off road and on road vehicles, construction and maintenance equipment, charging stations and more from over 20 vendors. All featured vehicles and equipment are powered by a variety of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen and propane engines. Information specialists will be able to answer all questions on the vehicles and equipment.

Vehicles will be on display at Jones Beach State Park Field 3. Admission as well as parking at Field 4 are free to the public. The rain date is Thursday, September 15.

The event continues State Parks' efforts to make the park system a model of sustainability practices. Clean fuel vehicles make up 26 percent of State Parks vehicle fleet, and a project to install a 693 kilowatt solar system at Robert Moses State Park will make it the first energy neutral state park in the nation.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 65 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.