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Contact: George E. Price, Jr., Superintendent, 508-957-0701Superintendent George Price announces that a project to replace the boardwalk with a ramp at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham will begin on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The boardwalk that leads from the east end of the parking lot to the beach stairs is perilously close to the edge of the bluff and not likely to survive another winter.
Park staff will begin by building a new, short connection between the bathhouse plaza and the beach stairs. Then, work will begin to remove the existing boardwalk (noted in pink above). Visitors will have uninterrupted access to the beach throughout this small coastal adaptation project. By next summer, the park expects to construct a new eight-foot wide ramp on the west side of the parking lot stairs and to relocate the bicycle racks to the east, as noted in the image above.
The beach is owned by the National Park Service; the Eastham Conservation Commission has been notified because work will be done within 100 feet of the coastal bank.
To minimize site disturbance, park maintenance personnel will replace the boardwalk elements manually. Trucks and equipment will access project areas on paved surfaces and boardwalk areas to the work site. Pressure treated lumber will not be used.