Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park reopened to visitors on Wednesday after a three-month closure.
The National Park Service closed the parking area and access road in June to allow for accessibility improvements, according to a Wednesday news release. The popular beach, rated one of the best beaches in the country, is accessible via US 101 on the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula.
Facilities manager Lisa Turecek said the upgrades ensure everyone can experience Olympic National Park and connect with nature.
“We are so happy to welcome visitors back to Ruby Beach, and we appreciate their patience during the summer closure,” Turecek said in a statement. “These new improvements to the Ruby Beach parking area, lookouts and trailhead will improve accessibility and help preserve this beautiful area.”
Work crews graded and paved the parking lot and access road over the summer, the statement said. They also installed curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks and steps in accordance with the Architecture Barriers Act accessibility standards.
In addition, the beach has new signs, bike racks and floor markings to make navigating the area easier. To reduce cliff erosion, crews added a new drainage system. Bathrooms were also painted and repaired, according to the statement.
The National Park Service awarded 2Grade Excavation and Development LLC of Port Angeles a $910,985 contract to complete the improvements, the news release said.