Natick beach to extend summer hours

July 4, 2017 by  

Director of Recreation and Parks for the town of Natick, Karen Partanen, recently announced that Natick’s Memorial Beach on West Street, along Dug Pond, will stay open this year beyond its regular closing date of mid-August.

Weather permitting, the beach will be open from dawn through dusk through the month of September. The logistics for this extension are currently being worked out by staff, who have the approvals they need to operate the beach this year.

The Recreation and Parks Commission and the Board of Selectmen were both in favor of the extension. Although during the summer months lifeguards at the beach will be college students, once September arrives, many will be going back to school, so the policy will be to swim at one’s own risk.

Some members of the Board of Selectmen expressed concern over this issue, but Partanen said it will be up to the community to make this extension a success. She added that those who will be using the beach should inform officials of any concerns. Lack of cooperation by either patrons or the weather may force officials to close the beach at any time.

The town can benefit if officials work together with the community and a flyer printing company on a handout listing the rules of beach, times when it will be open, and other relevant information so the extended hours can be assessed before deciding about future seasons.