Closure of Lake Gardner beach until May | Local News

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AMESBURY — Lake Gardner Beach is closed Monday through May, but when it reopens there will be newly paved parking and improved amenities to attract more people, city officials say.

Money for the project was secured in June 2021 when State Senator Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, was able to earmark $100,000 to pay for the renovations.

Work to be carried out by the Department of Public Works includes repaving the parking lot and sidewalks, leveling sand and installing a new lawn, installing a new camera and making minor improvements to the city-owned building, according to the city’s website.

Mayor Kassandra Gove hailed the project.

“We are excited to see the improvements to access and recreation in the beach area,” Gove said in a statement Friday. “It’s time we invested in this hidden gem that is loved by so many. I understand the inconvenience will be a challenge, but I think it will be worth it. In the meantime, everyone will still be able to enjoy the trail network with access to Battis Farm, and we look forward to opening the beach in the spring.

Lake Gardner was created in 1872 with the construction of a dam by Salisbury Mills Corp.

DiZoglio said in June 2021 that the city has seen a significant increase in the use of its recreation areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Urban Beach and its pathways play an important role in maintaining the mental and physical health of the community, and these funds will go a long way to ensuring they are accessible to all residents and visitors,” DiZoglio said.

The mayor’s office said there had been discussions to keep the beach open to those who wanted to use the trail system, but ultimately DPW manager Rob Desmarais informed them that he would “completely closed to the public while they make the improvements. ”

Police Chief Craig Bailey said the closure will have “little to no” impact on his department.

“It actually makes it a bit easier for us. We will have access and do random patrols and respond if anyone breaks in,” Bailey said in a text message.

Although it is a city-run and maintained facility, the Lake Gardner Association advocacy group has been formed to ensure that the health and features of the lake are restored and protected, that water quality is monitored and improved and that the value of the lake as an educational and passive recreational resource are promoted, according to its website.

Association member Bruce McBrien said in an email that the closure would affect hundreds of people who frequent the area each week.

“The Lake Gardner Association has worked for years to lobby for this beach, which is very special to many of us in Amesbury,” he said. “We look forward to the improvements to the terrain and access, but are probably most pleased with the city’s commitment to leveling and maintaining the sand area each year. This, along with the landscaping that will be done, will go a long way to improving the look of our beach and making it more enjoyable.

Dave Rogers is the editor of the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

Dave Rogers is the editor of the Daily News in Newburyport. Email him at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

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