By JOE LoTEMPLIO
---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh City Beach will be open weekends and “hot days” starting Saturday, June 1, and will open daily beginning June 15.
“We have definitely seen the increase in usage grow over the last few years, with many people wanting to come earlier or stay later,” said Steve Peters, the city’s superintendent of recreation.
“Since the Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest fresh-water beaches in America, it only makes sense to expand our hours for the local and neighboring communities.”
The new, expanded hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 3. Previously, the beach was open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Entrance to the beach is free for city and Town of Plattsburgh residents with proof of residency.
For all others, the entrance fee is $6 per carload Monday through Friday and $7 per carload on weekends. The cost will be $4 per carload after 4 p.m. daily.
WATCHING THE WEATHER
Peters said the city will monitor weather forecasts between June 1 and 15 and decide daily whether the beach will be open. All decisions will be posted on the Recreation Department’s Facebook page.
“We will check the forecasts, and if it looks like there will be a good stretch of weather, we will open,” Peters said.
“We will make the call each day until the 15th; then we will be open every day.”
The beach property features access to more than a mile and a quarter of sandy beach, four dedicated swimming areas, picnic tables and outdoor grills.
The beach will offer three vendors for food, drinks and entertainment: Smooth Moves, the Cabana Beach Bar and the Kayak Shack.
The summer season will kick off June 15 with the 15th-annual Great Adirondack Car Show, Craft Fair and Giant Garage Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outdoors at the Crete Center and with the Tiki Torch Zumba-thon to benefit the Max Memorial Treehouse from 7 to 9 p.m. at the beach.
The Recreation Department will also continue traditional programming at the beach consisting of youth swimming lessons, adult co-ed and open women’s and men’s beach volleyball leagues.
New this year is a girls (ages 12 to 15) beach volleyball league, which is starting the week of June 17.
“Many of our patrons enjoyed our fitness classes at the City Beach last summer, and we are excited to bring back these programs and showcase this amazing facility in a different way,” said Jessica Shields, a recreation supervisor for the city.
“The classes will include Bootcamp on the Beach, Beach Zumba, Turbo Kick on the Beach and the ITri Mini-Triathlon Series.”
Registration for these programs and more can be found on the Recreation Department’s website: plattsburghrecreation.com.
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