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Ruby Beach reopens after summer closure

Morning at Ruby Beach, with a large sea stack, the blue Pacific Ocean, and a rocky beach covered with driftwood.
New accessibility features will allow visitors of all abilities to experience Ruby Beach, a popular destination for visitors to Olympic National Park.

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News Release Date: September 14, 2022

Contact: Meagan Huff, Public Information Officer, (360) 409-3737

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – On September 14, 2022, the Ruby Beach parking area and access road at Olympic National Park will reopen after a three-month closure. Ruby Beach closed to the public in June 2022 to allow construction work to take place. The reopened Ruby Beach features significant improvements to accessibility, allowing visitors of all abilities to better access and use parking areas, overlooks, and facilities.

As part of this project, the Ruby Beach parking area and its access road were graded and paved. Curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks, and steps were installed, making this popular beach access area safer for visitors and in compliance with Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards. New signs, bike racks, and pavement markings make this area easier to navigate. A newly installed storm drainage system will reduce bluff erosion. Additionally, nearby restrooms were painted and repaired.

Said Facility Manager Lisa Turecek, "We are so happy to welcome visitors back to Ruby Beach, and we appreciate their patience during the summer closure. Olympic National Park is a place for everyone to experience and connect with nature. These new improvements to the Ruby Beach parking area, overlooks, and trailhead will improve accessibility and help preserve this beautiful area."

The contract for this work was awarded to 2Grade Excavation & Development, LLC, of Port Angeles, Washington, in the amount of $910,985.

Ruby Beach is located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula, within the boundaries of Olympic National Park, and receives approximately 225,000 visitors annually. A trailhead near the parking area leads to a scenic beach. Learn more at https://go.nps.gov/rubybeach



A paved path lined by new railings leads to an overlook over Ruby Beach.
New surfaces, railings, and landscaping make this overlook over Ruby Beach more accessible.

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Last updated: September 14, 2022

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