Access at seashore locations
Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.
Announcing the Start of Construction and Demolition Work at the Herring Cove Bathhouse
Contact: George Price, Superintendent, 508-771-2144
Superintendent George Price announces that demolition of the current Herring Cove Bathhouse and construction of the new facility will begin in the next two weeks. Classic Site Solutions has been awarded the contract for the project and has been given the notice to proceed. They will first put up a fence around the construction site, which will include about 1/3 of the Herring Cove South Parking Lot. They will prepare the existing structures for demolition which should begin the week of October 29. Pile driving work on the site of the new facility, behind the current buildings, will start in early November.
Vehicle access will be allowed to both the north and south lots during the construction period.However, vehicle entry and exits may change according to construction requirements. Likewise, bike access will also be allowed, but will be re-routed as necessary. Visitors will be able to continue to access the total length of the beach outside of the construction area. The rest rooms at far ends of the parking lots will remain open during the winter season.
Superintendent Price said "We are very excited to begin this important project. The current bathhouse served visitors for over 50 years and we hope the next facility will do the same. I was amazed when we learned that the funding for this project was moved up by two years in the National Park Service priorities. Now we look forward to opening the new buildings which have been sensitively planned and are architecturally pleasing." Construction of the new facility will be completed by the middle of June 2013, and will be open for the summer season.
Did You Know?
The hydrologic system of lower Cape Cod consists of four distinct ground-water lenses, or flow cells, which receive recharge through precipitation. Other hydrologic features besides groundwater include kettle ponds, freshwater wetlands (vernal ponds), freshwater streams, and estuarine wetlands.