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The stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham are closed due to storm damage. Herring Cove North Lot in Provincetown sustained damage resulting in closure of multiple parking spaces. The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a 2012 storm. More »
Announcing the Public Scoping Meeting for the Herring Cove Beach Revetment and Parking Environmental Assessment
Contact: George Price, Superintendent, 508-771-2144
Superintendent George Price announces that a Public Scoping Meeting for the Herring Cove Beach Revetment and Parking Project Environmental Assessment will occur on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM.The meeting will be held at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies Lab,5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown, MA 02657 in Provincetown, MA. "The National Park Service will be developing an environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act for the revetment and parking area. We expect that this will be a year-long planning process, and we want to get input on the range of ideas, concerns, and perspectives for the revetment and parking area." The seashore will be working with the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission Herring Cove Beach Subcommittee, who will co-host the meeting.
The Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, MA is one of six life-guarded, improved beaches managed by Cape Cod National Seashore.Wave action in late December caused damage to the asphalt revetment near the bath house and sections of the north parking lot, and coastal areas near the south parking lot. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts developed the Herring Cove Beach facilitiesin the 1950's and includes: a one-mile macadam revetment (seawall); two parking lots; and, a bath house and concession stand that will be replaced this year.Herring Cove Beach is of special concern to the citizens of Provincetown and other park visitors.
The purpose of taking action is to develop a long-term plan for Herring Cove Beach revetment and parking in consultation with agencies and the community.The plan will identify the values of the beach and its importance to visitors to the national seashore and local residents.The outcome will be based upon sound coastal science and engineering practices and be responsive to shoreline change, projected sea level rise and visitor use.
Did You Know?
In 1990, an intense series of storms uncovered a prehistoric site on Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, MA. Archaeologists excavated the Carns Site, which was lived in by native peoples during the Early and Middle Woodland period, or approximately 2,100 to 1,100 years ago.