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Simple Rules to Follow While Detecting Parks in any Area We Frequent

  1. Avoid the playing fields as the good weather is upon us.  They may be in use.
  2. Always use a ground cloth.
  3. Use SMALL digging tools only.
  4. Be sure to have your updated permit, if requred at the park you choose to detect.
  5. Use common sense when choosing your time to detect the property ie. If school is not in session you should not be there.
  6. COVER YOUR HOLES AND LEAVE THE AREA CLEANER THAN YOU FOUND IT!
Update 4/13/2009 - Metal Detecting is now allowed in Prospect Park two days a week -- Saturdey and Sunday only.     If anyone receives any information from the NYC Parks Dept relative to this please let us know.

Please note that as of early March all club members who have filled for 2011 permits have received NOTHING. We can only speculate as to what the problem is. If you have not yet sent in your permit applications it is STRONGLY suggested that you call first.


A must read website about NY State laws

Metal Detecting Permit Information 

It’s cold, the wind is howling, and the ground is frozen. What’s a metal detectorist to do?  Take the time to renew your permits now for Spring! See the list of locations where you may send to receive yearly metal detecting permits below.  If possible, call first for any updates or instructions.

1. Palisades Interstate Park Commission

    Permit Section 

    Bear Mountain, NY 10911-0427 ..................................$20.00

    For: Harriman State Park 845-947-2444 Lakes: Sebago, Tiorati & Welch

2. Long Island State Park Region Beaches 

    Permit Office 

    PO Box 247 

    Babylon, NY 11702.……………….................……...…..$40.00 

    631-669-1000 ext. 223

 3. City of New York Parks & Recreation 

    Arsenal North 

    1234 Fifth Ave. Room 213

    New York, NY 10029.….............................................….FREE 

    (212)360-2778 

    (MUST SEND IN COPY OF   YOUR DRIVERS LICENCE) 
     For more information click here

 4. Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 

    Taconic Region 

    Staatsburg, NY 12580.......................................................$10 

    (845)889-4100

    For: Lake Taghkanic, Rudd Pond & Canopus Beach

5. NY State Offices Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation 

    Central Region 

    6105 East Seneca Turnpike 

    Jamesville NY 13078-9516................................................$10

    315-492-1756