FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2020
Changes to Kingston Point Beach Afterhours Access
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Parks and Recreation Department announce the installation of a gate at the entrance of the Kingston Point Beach parking lot. On Tuesday, September 22, the Department of Public Works installed a new gate at the entrance to Kingston Point Beach, which will be locked nightly at dusk and reopened in the morning.
“All of our parks are open from dawn to dusk. Having the beach open afterhours has led to safety hazards, vandalism, and other issues,” said Mayor Noble. “In order to mitigate these disturbances, a gate has been installed at the entrance to the Kingston Point Beach parking lot. The beach will be open and accessible during daylight hours and, though there is no lifeguard on duty, we encourage visitors to the beach during the day. However, to ensure the safety of all, we will be locking the gate at nightfall. We are discouraging nighttime use of all our parks.”
“The Parks and Recreation Department worked hard to open the beach to the public this summer, which required a variety of new safety protocols and operational changes due to COVID-19,” said Lynsey Timbrouck, Recreation Director. “We are also in the midst of implementing capital improvements to enhance ADA accessibility for all visitors to the beach. We look forward to continuing to make important updates to one of our city’s most treasured assets and appreciate everyone working together to keep our beach safe, clean, and accessible each day.”
The Kingston Police Department and the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments will be responsible for locking and unlocking the gate each day. All emergency personnel will have access to the locks.