Ocean Beach Park is the official name for the main attraction in Long Beach: sand and ocean that stretches for about five miles, from Nevada Avenue on the west end to Maple Boulevard on the east. The beach is home to surfers, volleyball leagues and concerts, not to mention sun-lovers of all ages who enjoy it in a variety of ways each day, whether by taking a dip in the Atlantic, building a sand castle or walking the shore line holding hands with a loved one. A 2.2-mile boardwalk stretches from New York Avenue to Neptune Boulevard, where bicyclists, runners and walkers can exercise, absorb the sun and enjoy the sights daily. Anyone 12 or older must pay an admission fee to get onto the beach on weekends from mid-May to late June, and between 9am and 6pm daily from late June to early September. Lifeguards are on duty from late June to early September, 9am to 6pm. Before or after these hours, swimmers and surfers can go in the water at their own risk. Paul Gillespie is chief of lifeguards and head of beach patrol. He can be reached at headquarters at National Boulevard on the beach at 516-431-1810.