Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail
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.
Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches Open for 2013 Season
Contact: George Price, Superintendent, 508-771-2144
The recreation beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore suffered considerable damage in the series of storms this winter, but Superintendent George Price assures that all will be open for the summer season.The beach access stairs were lost at Nauset Light Beach, Eastham, and Marconi Beach, Wellfleet.National seashore staff recently secured over $200,000 in storm damage funding from the Northeast Regional Office of the National Park Service and has contracted with Classic Site Solutions to perform the stair replacement work.It will begin immediately and will be completed in early June.The other four seashore public beaches are currently open including Coast Guard Beach, Eastham; Head of the Meadow Beach, Truro; Race Point Beach, Provincetown; and Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown.
Staffing for seashore beaches is funded by the recreation parking fees and are not affected by the sequestration budget reductions.Staffing includes lifeguards, maintenance, and law enforcement rangers, who perform patrols and assist visitors.Personal service programs such as interpretive walks and talks and education programs have been cut significantly as a result of sequestration.The Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham, is open seven days a week all year. The Province Lands Visitor Center will be open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day as a result of a generous donation from the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
For more information visit our web site at www.nps.gov/caco.
Did You Know?
Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.