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Contact: George E. Price, Jr., Superintendent, 508-957-0701
Superintendent George Price announces that emergency funding from the National Park Service has been received to replace the stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham and repair the revetment and north parking lot at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown. Both the stairs and the revetment were damaged by the storms this winter. Both beaches will be open for the summer season.
“We recognize that these are both short-term solutions,” said Superintendent Price. “Both of these facilities have received storm damage each winter over the past three winters, reflecting an increase in storm activity from when these same facilities would only be affected once every three to four years. We continue to seek funding to implement long-term, sustainable solutions.”
One long-term solution is a concept for modular stairs which can be removed in the winter and re-installed in late spring, which has been proposed as a sustainable method of providing access to both Nauset Light Beach and Marconi Beach. A plan is also in development to relocate the restroom and bathhouse facilities at Nauset Light Beach towards Ocean View Drive, away from the eroding bluff.
In addition, the Herring Cove Beach North Public Use Site Plan and Environmental Assessment was approved in 2014, with a new design for the parking lot which would be sited 125 feet farther back from the shoreline, far enough to provide beach access for a projected 50 year period.
These resilient and sustainable shoreline facility solutions are all under consideration for future funding from the National Park Service.
At this time, it is anticipated that the Nauset Light Beach stairs will be completed by the first week of June. The details and timeline for the Herring Cove Beach north parking lot 2015 repair project will be determined once a contract is in place.
The extensive winter also caused a delay in the completion of the Province Lands Road reconstruction project. The section of road between Race Point Road and the entrance to Herring Cove Beach is now planned to be re-opened to the public by Friday, May 22. The sections of the bicycle trail that have been closed for replacement of the bike tunnels under Province Lands Road are also planned to be re-opened by May 22. Changes or updates will be posted to our website at www.nps.gov/caco.