403 Butler Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328
tel. (912)786-4573

Parks & Recreation


Mission Statement
To ensure that all citizens of Tybee Island are provided with adequate and safe indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.

It is also a goal of this department to provide through events and innovative programs benefits to the individual, the community, and visitors alike.

Further, this department must strive to protect the interest of the citizens of this island by ensuring that all special events are in compliance with the rules and regulations set forth.

It is also an interest of this department to serve as a liaison to all civic groups and organizations to help promote their interest, growth, and existence.

YMCA and the City of Tybee Island Parks & Recreation

The Tybee Island YMCA and Recreation Department have the unique opportunity of partnering within the City of Tybee to provide all recreation services for the City. The Tybee Island YMCA has been a part of the Tybee community since 1998 and is located at 204 5th Street in Memorial Park.  Parks and Recreation Facilities for Tybee are listed below, as well as the Y facilities which include full cardio and strength training facility, locker rooms, showers, teen center, and plenty of open outdoor space.

In addition to Tybee Recreation supervision, the Y provides summer camps, exercise programs, child care, sports, dance classes, and a variety of scheduled and unscheduled activities and special events; a more complete list is found at the link below. If you are interested in learning more about the YMCA and their programs, please click the link to reach the YMCA web site.

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Recreational Facilities

Here's a list with descriptions of the facilities and parks available to you through our department. These are all open to the public, and most buildings can be reserved for use in advance or scheduled for a special event. For details on reservations, please contact Karen Reese at (912) 472-5045, or via email at kreese@cityoftybee.org. Operating hours for some of these facilities are seasonal, so be sure to check for the current policies, rates and hours.
 

OUTDOOR FACILITIES

Memorial Park- 4.5 acres
Located off Butler Ave. between the library at 405 Butler Ave. and the Gym at 202 Fifth St.
Walking distance from the beach
Outdoor field area includes:

  • 2 Lighted Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • 2 Lighted Outdoor Beach Volleyball Courts
  • Lighted Basketball Court
  • Children’s Playground Equipment
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Covered Lighted Pavilion accommodates up to 150 people
  • Great picnic facility with grilling area
  • Cemetery

Jaycee Park 8.5 acres
Located at the intersection of Campbell Road on Van Horne

  • Lighted Soccer Field
  • Lighted Softball Field
  • Concession Stand and Bathroom Facility
  • Scenic Meandering Waterway
  • ½ mile jogging track
  • Gazebo (great for weddings!)
  • New Children’s Play Equipment
  • Outdoor Basketball Court
  • Grilling and picnic areas

Park of 7 Flags
Small Passive Park with fountain and bench seats, located on Butler Ave at the west end of Tybrisa

Sally Pearce Nature Trail
This short hiking trail is located on the south side of US-80 at Fifth Avenue

Blue Heron Nature Trail
This trail is also off US-80, but on the north side of the street, opposite Lewis Ave – very nearly across 80 from the Sally Pearce Nature Trail.

North Beach Birding Trail
Walk west from the Tybee Island Lighthouse down North Beach into the Bird Sanctuary. Access to the beach is through the North Beach Parking Area, located behind Fort Screven on Meddin Drive.

INDOOR FACILITIES

 

Of note: The Tybee Gymansium, the YMCA, the Cafeteria, and the Old School are all part of the same complex of buildings at 204 Fifth Street near Butler, just south of City Hall and the Library.

Gymnasium
Location: 204 Fifth St., walk into the complex past the Old School and the gym is on your right

  • Full Court
  • 100 chairs, 15 8’ rectangular tables
  • Concession stand
  • Bleachers hold up to 264
  • Occupancy: 534

Cafeteria
Location: 204 Fifth St., on your right as you walk through the Old School covered entry
Great for family functions

  • 12 round, 4 8’ rectangular tables
  • 80 chairs
  • Stove
  • Prep station
  • Sinks
  • Ice maker
  • Indoor cooling
  • Microwave
  • Newly renovated
  • Occupancy: 140

ROOM SIX
Location: 204 Fifth St., entering the Old School building on the left and walking nearly to the end of the hall
Meeting room in the Old School building
Occupancy: 35

Community Building (Guard House)
North End of the Island, on Van Horne directly across from the end of Campbell Street.

YMCA of Tybee Island

Youth Programs

Fun Club ages 4-10

Friday night babysitting

Teen Center Game Room ages 11-16

Summer Day Camp ages 5-16

Summer Daily Field Trips
Summer Surfing/Kayaking/Sailing Camp

Swim Lessons

Swim Team

 

Sports

Youth Leagues—basketball, baseball, & soccer

Adult Pick up—volleyball, basketball, & kickball

 

Aerobics

Personal Training

Yoga and Pilates and Tai Chi

Senior Citizen Chair Aerobics

Summer Water Aerobics

Spin Classes

Youth Fitness

Tone and Burn 

 

Special Events

Mutt Strut

Family Fest

Christmas Carnival

Pumpkin Patch

Outdoor Movie Series 

Daily guest passes available, or check out our seasonal membership rates.  Financial assistance is available. YMCA A.W.A.Y. passes are honored as memberships for 7 days.  Please call (912) 786-9622 for details.

Tybee Pier and Pavilion (Outdoor facility)
Contact Chatham County Parks and Recreation Department at (912) 652-6781

Tybee American Legion (Indoor facility)
Please contact the Legion at (912) 786-5356

Tybee Lite Shrine Club (Indoor facility)
Please contact the Shriners at (912) 786-4362

Tybee Arts Association
Provides classes, plays, Annual Art Auction and Annual October Festival of the Arts (912) 786-5920 or www.tybeearts.org on the web.

 

Are You a YEEPIE?

Parks & Recreation FAQs
What are the beach rules for island beaches?
 

Beach rules are established by City Ordinance, specifically Chapter 12. Please note that the ordinance may be amended from time to time, which may not be reflected for some period of time here or on the official ordinances above. For example, see below regarding the pier.

The rules are currently as follows:
 
Sec. 12-1. Use of municipal beaches.

(a)   Rules and regulations.  All persons entering upon the public beaches, or structures erected thereon, shall comply with the following rules and regulations, and failure to do so shall constitute a violation of this article: 

(1)   Swimming area.  It shall be unlawful for any person to swim outside of the area extending 50 yards from the water's edge. 

(2)   Placement of litter.  It shall be unlawful to throw, place, deposit, sweep or scatter, or cause to be thrown, placed, deposited, swept, or scattered, any paper, food, cigarette butts, bottles, cans, trash, fruit peelings or other refuse upon the beaches or structures erected thereon. Beach goers must contain their trash at all times. 

(3)   Glass or breakable containers.  It shall be unlawful for any person to take or carry upon the beaches or structures erected thereon any glass or breakable containers. 

(4)   Pets.  It shall be unlawful for any person who owns, is in control of, or is in charge of, any dog or other pet, to allow or take that dog or other pet upon the beaches or structures erected thereon. This does not include properly certified guide dogs, or similar animals assisting the blind, deaf, or other physically handicapped persons. 

(5)   Motorized vehicles.  It shall be unlawful for any person to take any motorized vehicle on to the beaches or structures erected thereon. This includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, all-terrain-vehicles and similar motor driven vehicles and craft. This does not include properly marked emergency vehicles while in the course of an emergency operation, or maintenance/utility vehicles in the employ of the city or similar governmental entity and engaged in a legitimate operation. 

(6)   Motorized watercraft.  It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motorized watercraft, such as a jet ski, motorboat, and similar craft, within 1,000 feet of the waterline on any part of the beach between the north and south rock jetties. 

(7)   Fires.  It shall be unlawful for any person to build or maintain any type of open fire on the beach, including any type of charcoal fire, whether or not in a grill or similar container. 

(8)   Disturbing dune vegetation.  It shall be unlawful for any person to pick, gather, remove, walk in the dunes, or otherwise disturb the vegetation present on sand dunes, including sea oats. 

(9)   Surfboarding and fishing.  No person shall operate a surfboard or fish except in areas designated for such purposes. 

(10)   Commands of lifeguards.  It shall be unlawful for any person to deliberately disobey any reasonable command of a duly appointed and identified lifeguard while in the legitimate performance of his duty, such commands being intended to ensure the safety of persons using the beach and any structures erected thereon. 

(11)   Disorderly conduct; endangerment of self or others.  It shall be unlawful for any person to come upon the beaches or structures erected thereon, and individually or in concert with others, do any act or create any condition which does or is calculated to encourage, aid, abet, or start a riot, public disorder or disturbance of the peace; and it shall not be necessary to prove that that person was solely responsible for that riot, public disorder or disturbance of the peace, but only that his appearance, manner, conduct, attire, condition, status or general demeanor was a motivating factor that resulted in the riot, public disorder or disturbance of the peace. Any person who refuses when commanded by a police officer or other enforcement official of the city to leave the beach or structures erected thereon immediately, shall be guilty of an offense for refusal to obey the order or command of a police officer or other enforcement official of the city, and deemed to be a rioter or disturber of the peace. It shall also be unlawful for any person to come upon the beaches or structures erected thereon and act in any way which is likely to cause endangerment to himself or others. 

(12)   Nudity.  No nudity on beaches. 

(13)   Beer kegs.  The presence of beer kegs on the beach is often associated with underage drinking, littering, public intoxication and disorderly conduct and because such activities are in direct conflict with family recreation, such containers and similar devices for dispensing of large quantities of alcoholic beverages are expressly prohibited. 

(b)   Exceptions to rules.  Exceptions to any of the above rules and regulations may be allowed by way of a special permit grant by the mayor and council. 

(c)   Enforcement of rules and regulations.  Enforcement of these rules and regulations shall be by employees of the city police department or the city marshal. The duly employed police and city marshal are authorized to require persons using the beach or structures erected thereon to obey reasonable commands designed to protect the public and public property, and the failure to obey any lawful command of those individuals shall be a violation of this section. 

(d)   Penalty for violation.  Any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months and to perform community service for a period not exceeding 60 days, any or all such penalties in the discretion of the judge. When found by an employee as described above, the person responsible for the violation will be issued a citation and subpoena which names the violation and establishes a date for the violator to appear in court to answer the charge. Violators may elect to pay the fine without appearing in court; such action shall constitute a plea of guilty to the charge. When confronted with a violation, enforcing officers may exercise discretion to the point of transporting violators without delay to the police station for the purpose of posting bond in order to ensure their appearance in court. 

(e)   Penalty for pet prohibition  . The fine for the offense of violating subsection (a)(4) of this section prohibiting pets on the beach, shall not be less than $200.00 for the first offense plus applicable court fees, and not less than $400.00 for subsequent offenses, plus applicable court fees for any subsequent offense occurring within a 12-month period of a preceding offense. 

(Code 1983, § 9-5-1; Ord. No. 2005-11B, 6-21-2005)


Sec. 42-63. Sleeping in public areas.

It shall be unlawful for any person to camp or sleep on the streets, beaches, parks, parking lots or other public areas, whether in automobiles, trucks, campers, recreational vehicles or other vehicle, or in equipment designed and intended for the purpose of camping. Such activity may be permitted in public areas specifically set aside and designated for that purpose. Any person suspected of such activity may be charged with a misdemeanor and fined in accordance with section 1-8.

(Code 1983, § 11-1-10)

Sec. 12-2. Shark fishing prohibited.

(a)   It shall be unlawful for anyone to fish for sharks of any species on or from any of the public beaches, docks or piers of the city.

(b)   Violations shall be punishable by fines not to exceed $300.00 and/or imprisonment not to exceed six months and/or to perform community service for a period not exceeding 60 days, any or all such penalties in the discretion of the municipal judge.

(Code 1983, § 9-6-1)
 
The following amendments have been made regarding the pier and rocks:
 
Section 12-1a (14) Jumping or Diving From Pier or Public Structure
 
It shall be unlawful for any person to jump or dive from any pier or public structure except those that might be specifically built for that purpose and as may be specifically authorized in connection with a properly authorized special event.
 
Section 12-la (15) Walking or Climbing on Public Structures

It shall be unlawful to walk or climb upon the rocks, jetties, or other manmade structures which are marked with appropriate signage.
 
How do I reserve City-owned facilities?
 
Questions can be answered and reservations made by contacting our facilities coordinator at City Hall - (912) 472-5045.
 
Can I reserve a spot on the beach for my group?
 
Reservations are not required for groups on the beach, although you may be subject to availability of space on your arrival. The City may issue permits for special events, such as weddings, company picnics, or other events; however, be aware that the primary purpose of the beach is for public use, and a permit for your event may not be possible. Call the facilities coordinator at City Hall - (912) 472-5045 - to discuss your event details.
 

Surfing at Tybee
 
Note that neither surfing nor swimming are allowed in areas where rocks, pilons, or jetties are in the water. These areas are marked with signs. Please observe them! In some areas, particularly at the south end of the Island, sand bars and shallows can be a tempting place to take a walk during low tide. However, since each cubic foot of sea water weighs about 65 pounds, the rush of current as the tide changes can actually knock an adult off their feet and carry them away quickly! Do NOT attempt to walk the sand bar south of the Island! It is dangerous for you and dangerous for our lifeguards to come save you!
 
Want to know the latest conditions? Check out these links:
 

Tybee's Bark Parks - Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but we do care about their welfare!
Dogs are not allowed on the beaches anywhere on Tybee Island. Violators are subject to a $290 fine on the first offense! Cars get deadly hot in the summer time after only a few minutes, and animals found in closed vehicles will be rescued even if it means breaking a window on the car. Not being allowed to take your dog on the beach is no excuse for animal cruelty! Make sure you make arrangements for proper care for your pet before heading to the beach!
 
 
The Tybee Dog Parks are located at the intersection of Van Horne and Fort Streets, between the Police Station and River's End Campground and RV Park. For practical reasons, the dog parks are only open from dawn til dusk.
            
DOG PARK RULES

HOURS OF OPERATION: DAILY DAWN TO DUSK

PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND FOLLOW THESE PARK RULES:

1.      There are two dog parks. The one immediately on Fort Street is for small dogs of 20 lbs or less. The larger park, accessible from Van Horn or Fort Street is for larger dogs. Please use the parking spaces on Van Horn and do not park in the police impound lot!

2.      The off-leash dog area is for dogs, their handlers and those accompanying them. No other use is allowed.

3.      All dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated, and shall wear a visible dog license.

4.      Dogs under 4 months of age and female dogs in heat are prohibited.

5.      Dogs must be on leash when entering and exiting the off-leash dog area.

6.      Dogs must be under the control of their handler and in view of their handler at all times.

7.      Spiked collars are prohibited.

8.      Children 8 years and under are not allowed in the off-leash dog area; children ages 9 - 15 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.

9.      Handlers must be 16 years of age or older.

10. Handlers must have possession of the dog leash at all times.

11. Handler is limited to a maximum of two dogs.

12. Handlers must "scoop the poop" and fill any holes dug by dogs under their control.

13. Food and drinks in glass containers are prohibited; training treats are allowed.

14. Dispose of trash and recycling in provided receptacles.

15. Dogs must be removed from the off-leash dog area at the first sign of aggression.

16. No animals other than dogs shall be permitted in the area.

17. Handlers are responsible for any injuries caused by the dog(s) under their control.

18. Users of the facility do so at their own risk. The City of Tybee Island is not liable for any injury or damage caused by any dog.

To report immediate safety concerns call TIPD at 912-786-5600.

Comments and suggestions are welcome at dogpark@cityoftybee.org.

 
Tips for your visit to the Tybee Dog Park
 
Be alert and attentive to your dog and other dogs while using the park. Remember that you are legally responsible for your dog at all times.
 
How to enter the park
  • Do not open the outside gate if the inside gate is open. Be patient. One dog should come or go at a time.
  • Remove your dog's leash inside the double-gated holding pen. Do not leave a leash on your dog while in the Dog Park. A leashed dog may feel obligated to defend the owner at the other end of  the leash, may be at a disadvantage, and may actually cause an altercation.
  • Carry your dog's leash with you in the dog park. A leash is a sure way of gaining control over your dog if needed and may act as an impromptu muzzle in an emergency.
  • When you enter the dog park, close the gate behind you and move your dog away from the entrance.
  • Remain in control of and in sight of your dog at all times, because you are legally responsible for your dog and your dog's actions while in Tybee Dog Park.
  • Puppies under four months of age are at risk of infection, even when vaccinated, because your dogs' immune systems are not fully mature.
  • Your dog must have a collar with proper ID and rabies when in the Dog Park. (No spiked, choked, or prong collars, please!)
  • Grab a plastic bag from the dispenser provided to clean up after your dog (or someone else's dog, if necessary!)
Good owner behavior
  • Interact with your dog and with other dogs in the park. Have a positive attitude. Everyone will appreciate it!
  • Pay attention! Owners must clean up after their dogs, so don't be embarrassed to point it out to an owner that isn't paying attention. It's the right thing to do! Plastic bags and trash receptacles are provided in the park.
  • Please, do not bring toys into the park when other dogs are present. Toys may provoke possessive or aggressive conduct, or be destroyed through rough play. Tennis balls may carry disease. No sharing, please!
  • Do not leave water bowls at the Dog Park. Community water bowls not allowed to dry out are a breeding ground for many viruses and bacteria.
  • Do not bring food into the Dog Park.
  • Basic obedience training is a must for safety reasons. Remember that you're responsible for your dog at all times.
  • If you bring children into the Dog Park, please teach them how to behave with animals and what to do in an emergency. Be sure you can take care of everyone you bring to the park.
Understanding canine behavior
  • Be aware that dogs have different play styles. Behavior that concerns some dog owners may simply be a rambunctious play style.
  • Always respect another dog owner's wishes if they are not comfortable with how your dog is interacting with theirs. Simply move to another part of the park for awhile.
  • Leash up and leave if your dog is acting in an aggressive manner or having a bad day.
  • Move around! Walking defuses defensive behaviors and keeps the off-leash area a neutral territory. This means your dog is more likely to pass by another dog with just a sniff rather than a stare-down.
  • Interact with all dogs in the park! Sometimes, when people stand around, their dogs may become protective of their people and their space, making scuffles more likely to occur.
  • Spay or neuter your dog. This can sometimes help to curb aggressive tendencies in addition to helping decrease overpopulation problems in our communities.
  • Keep learning! Be a responsible dog owner. Help others become responsible dog owners.

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Swimming at Tybee Beaches
Tybee's two major beach access points are at South Beach at the end of Tybrisa, and North Beach behind the Fort Screven Museum on Meddin. There are several other access points as well, but with less parking and a longer walk to the beach usually! Tybee has life guards on duty during the summer season, but not at every beach point, and some beach areas are reserved for surfers while others are off-limits to water recreation due to the dangers of surge and rocks in the water - all of these areas can be seen in our beach mapsBeach rules are posted on signs at every walk over. Please be sure to use the walk overs, as the plant life in the dunes is fragile and protected - walking in the dunes is not allowed.
 
The Savannah River has some potentially unfortunate consequences for would-be swimmers. As a major shipping channel and also as a potential carrier of rain runoff and contaminants, the river may sometimes contribute to high bacteria counts, which can occur particularly after major storms on any beach. The water quality information is posted on the web to save you a trip to the beach, as well as being posted at affected areas on the beaches themselves. While a high bacteria count may not be dangerous to healthy adults, children and the elderly should definitely not be exposed to the sea water during these periods. Both the Georgia DNR and the EPA have FAQs and brochures available regarding water quality testing programs and what they mean.
 
DANGER! The sand bar at the south end of the island looks like it provides an easy and fun walk over to Little Tybee, BUT IT DOES NOT! It as actually over a mile to make the trek, and on sand and going through water, it will take you a much longer time than you think. If you go out at the wrong time in the tidal cycle, you may have only a few minutes before the waters begin to rise. When the tide turns, the water rise very quickly and with a very large volume of water moving over the sand. Water weighs 65 pounds per cubic foot, and its volume and velocity during tide change can very easily knock an adult off their feet with such force that is impossible to regain your footing, carrying you very quickly over the sand and into deeper water. Even when the water looks calm, the current can be shockingly strong - so much so that there has been one drowning per year in this area, despite the efforts of Ocean Rescue.
 
Every year, hundreds of people who have tried to make the journey are sent back by Ocean Rescue in advance of the tidal shift. In order to make these warnings, the lifeguards must enter the water well upstream of the sandbar and swim out to catch the walkers out on the sandbar, endangering their own safety in doing so! In addition, over 50 people every year require rescue despite these efforts. You put your life at risk by going out in this area of the beach, as well as the lives of any rescuers who must come to your aid.
 
PLEASE! DO NOT VENTURE OUT ONTO THE SANDBAR!
 
 

Water Quality

15 Simple Things Individuals Can Do to Help Improve Beachwater Quality and Protect Their Health

 

Everyone can help reduce beachwater pollution. For example, we can all take steps to reduce the amount of water sent to sewage treatment plants—which have the potential to overflow— by helping to reduce polluted runoff. Individuals can also make a difference by becoming educated and expressing their desire for clean, healthy water.

 

Below are 15 simple actions individuals can take to improve our beachwater.

 

1.     Conserve water. Reduce the amount of water you use at home. Extra water overwhelms sewage treatment plants and contributes to raw sewage overflows. a) Do not let water run unnecessarily when brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes. b) Install a displacement device, such as a small plastic bottle, in your toilet. Or, even better, install a 1.6gallon-per-flush water-saving toilet to save thousands of gallons annually. c) Install faucet aerators and a water-efficient showerhead to cut the amount of water you use by 50 percent and to save energy by reducing hot water use. d) Use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose when washing your car to save more than 100 gallons of water.

2.     Read product labels. To avoid contaminating local waterways, choose nontoxic alternatives to household cleaners with harsh chemicals. You can use baking soda, for example, to deodorize drains, clean countertops and polish stainless steel. See NRDC’s Simple Steps website (www.simplesteps.org) and This Green Life (http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife/0405.asp), as well as the EPA’s Safe Substitutes at Home fact sheet (http://es.epa.gov/techinfo/facts/safe-fs.html) for more nontoxic household alternatives.

3.     Don’t pour it down the drain. When you dump paint, oil, harsh cleansers, and other hazardous products down the drain, they can find their way into nearby bodies of water. Contact your local sanitation, public works, or environmental health department to find out about hazardous waste collection days and sites.

4.     Direct runoff to soil, not street. Rain gutters and down spouts on your home should lead to soil, grass, or gravel areas, and not blacktop, cement, or other hard surfaces. Wash your car on the lawn instead of on the street or driveway. Sweep your driveway and sidewalks, rather than hosing them down.

5.     Maintain your septic system. Have your septic tank cleaned out every three to five years. Such maintenance prolongs the life of your system and can help prevent groundwater contamination and beachwater contamination.

6.     Clean up after your pet. Don’t leave pet waste on the ground. It could contain harmful bacteria and excess nutrients that can wash into stormdrains and eventually pollute local waters. Flush it, bag it, or look for signs in public parks that direct pet owners to appropriate trash receptacles.

7.     Practice proper lawn and garden care. Use natural fertilizers such as compost on your garden, and minimize the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Landscape with natural vegetation rather than lawns, which require fertilizers and herbicides, to reduce the amount of runoff and pollution.

8.     Recycle used motor oil. A single quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water. Resist the temptation to dump waste oil on the ground or pour it into gutters or stormdrains. Inquire about local programs that buy back waste oil and dispose of it properly.

9.     Keep up on vehicle maintenance. Make sure your car isn’t leaking oil, coolant, antifreeze, or other hazardous liquids. Bring it to a mechanic for regular checkups.

10.   Practice proper marine and recreational boating waste disposal. Dispose of your boat sewage in onshore sanitary facilities. Don’t dump sewage or trash overboard. Boating wastes discharged into coastal waters can be a major cause of high pathogen concentrations.

11.   Make sure infants wear swim diapers and rubber pants. Children not yet toilet trained should be dressed in a swim diaper and rubber pants or a similar tight-fitting outer garment. An extra layer of protection in addition to a swim diaper is necessary to help prevent bacteria from entering the water.

12.   Clean up after yourself at the beach. Pick up your garbage if you bring a picnic to the beach. And do not feed the birds or other wildlife. Seagulls and other wildlife are attracted to the garbage and food waste that people often leave behind on the beach and feeding them will only encourage their permanent presence there. The fecal matter left on the beach by wildlife visitors can contribute to elevated bacteria levels in the water and cause the beach to close. Waste from wildlife is one of the three largest known sources of bacterial pollution. Help convince your local beach management agency to invest in secure garbage cans with close-fitting lids.

13.   Learn about the water quality at local beaches. Go to NRDC’s website (www.nrdc.org), the EPA’s website (www.epa.gov and than BEACON), Earth 911 (www.beaches911.org), or your local public health authority, all of which have data on beach monitoring and notification policies and on closings/advisories. Also, to show your concern, ask an official with your county’s or town’s department of health: a) What are the sources of pollution affecting the waters where I swim? b) What sort of water-quality monitoring is performed at these beaches? c) Are beaches always closed when monitoring shows that the bacterial standard is exceeded? d) What is the current status of these waters (are they closed or open?), and what warning signs can I look for?

14.   Choose your beaches carefully. Whenever possible, swim at the beaches that your research shows have the cleanest waters or are carefully monitored with strict closure or advisory procedures in effect. Beaches adjacent to open ocean and beaches that are removed from urban areas generally pose less of a health risk than do beaches in developed areas or in enclosed bays and harbors with little water circulation. Stay away from beaches with visible discharge pipes, and avoid swimming at urban beaches after a heavy rainfall.

15.   Support local, state, and federal legislation that promotes the cleanup of pollution sources. Write to your representatives and senators and let them know you support strong beach legislation and clean water protections. Tell your local government to move forward quickly to address sewage overflows and stormwater. Make sure you tell officials that you are willing to pay for programs to monitor beaches and reduce runoff pollution.
 

From http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/ttw2007.pdf

Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches

Seventeenth Edition
 

Accessibility
The City's public facilities are either all ADA compliant or a compliance plan is in place to make it so. Please let us know if you discover a problem in this regard!
 
For example:
  • The Community House or Guard House on Van Horne at Campbell has been equipped with an accessible elevator.
  • City Hall Auditorium is equipped with a video/audio recording system to allow live feed and rebroadcast of meetings of interest to those unable to come to the meeting in person. Part of this equipment includes hearing assistive devices which are available for the asking at the sound desk at the back of the auditorium as you arrive.
  • Our public buildings have automated door opening systems to make easy entry for those with crutches or wheelchairs.
  • We try to make our web site more accessible using the available accessibility features of the world wide web and HTML coding. (Be sure to give us some feedback if you find pages or sections that are difficult to navigate!)
We also want everyone to be able to enjoy the beach! The beaches are being made more accommodating by featuring Mobimats at the end of several of the dune crossovers, and fat-tired wheel chairs are available at the Ocean Rescue HQ at the south beach near the ramp up to the Pier and Pavilion off the end of Tybrisa Street. If you need to check availability of one of these wheel chairs before heading to the beach, you can check in with the lifeguards at 912.786.4573, x119.
Mobimats provide a hard surface for wheelchairs. Our Mobimats are being extended from the end of the dune cross-over out to the hard sand at the high water mark, which will allow for even more mobility up and down the beach, especially with our beach wheelchairs. These wheelchairs are made to be easy to get into and out of and are built with fat, plastic tires to keep them from sinking into the sand. Our Triolo chair even floats! To check out the chairs, you will need a valid photo ID, and we ask that you fill out a survey to help us determine how and when the chairs are being used.

The Mobimats are located at:

  • Gulick Street Cross-over
  • Second Avenue Cross-over (East Gate)
  • 18th Street Cross-over

 
To complete our ADA efforts, below is a listing of compliant facilities and plans to improve compliance:
2014 ADA Transition Plan - City of Tybee Island, Georgia Current Expected Expected
Building/Facility Name Location   Sq./Ft. ADA Correction  Correction
Police Department 78 Van Horn Street 7578 75% Compliant New Construction 2013/2014
Guard House/Community Building 31 Van Horn Street 2367 Compliant N/A N/A
Jaycee Park Playground Bathroom 31A Van Horn Street 1152 Compliant N/A N/A
Tybee Lite Shrine Club 35 Meddin Drive 1800 Compliant N/A N/A
North Beach Bathrooms 31B Meddin Drive 480 Compliant N/A N/A
North Beach Grill 33 Meddin Drive 1100 Compliant N/A N/A
Arts Center 7 Cedar Wood 2900 Compliant N/A N/A
City Hall 403 Butler Avenue 5520 Compliant N/A N/A
River's End Campground Pool 5C Fort Avenue 1875 Compliant N/A N/A
River's End Campground Enclosed Pavilion 5D Fort Avenue Compliant N/A N/A
River's End Campground Bath House #1 5E Fort Avenue 352 Compliant N/A N/A
River's End Campground Bath House #2 5G Fort Avenue 198 Compliant N/A N/A
River's End Pool 5 Fort Avenue Compliant N/A N/A
River's End Cabin (#109) 5 Fort Avenue 75% Compliant Modify Restroom Entrance Width & Stalls/Or Purchase ADA Compliant Cabin 2014/2015
Life Guard Building - Deck 1511 Strand Avenue 600 N/A N/A
Marine Science Building - Public Area 1509 Strand Avenue 4000 Compliant N/A N/A
Marine Science Bathroom  1509B Strand Avenue 389 Compliant N/A N/A
16th Street Parking Lot ADA Restroom 16th  Street Parking Lot Compliant N/A N/A
Memorial Park Bathroom 402B Jones Avenue Compliant N/A N/A
Gymnasium 202 5th Street 10,000 Compliant N/A N/A
Old School Building 204A 5th Street 10,664 Compliant N/A N/A
Cafeteria 204B 5th Street 3428 Compliant N/A N/A
YMCA Building (Annex) 204C 5th Street 4178 90% Compliant Install ADA Automatic Door at Entrance 2013/2014
Marine Rescue Headquarters 2 Old Highway 80 1200 Compliant N/A N/A
Highway 80/Butler Ave Sidewalks Teresa Lane to Silver Avenue Compliant N/A N/A
Butler Avenue Sidewalks  Silver Ave to 18th Street Compliant N/A N/A
Beach Access with Mobi Mats - Three Access Points North Beach/2nd Street/18th Street Compliant N/A N/A
Beach Wheelchairs Availability for the Public - 2 Available 1511 Strand Avenue Compliant N/A N/A
ADA Parking in Public Parking Lots Compliant N/A N/A
 

Special Events

Thanks for your interest in using our island & facilities for your event needs. Our parks and recreational facilities often host family and business events, weddings, and public celebrations. The forms necessary for nearly all events and permits are posted on line; please call our Economic Development Office at (912) 472-5045, if you require additional assistance.
 

Calendar of events


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