Nickel Beach to open Friday, June 26

Nickel Beach

Just in time for summer, Port Colborne’s Nickel Beach is scheduled to open to the public on Friday, June 26/2020.

“In an effort to keep the residents and visitors safe, staff has implemented changes to Nickel Beach operations for the 2020 season,” a City of Port Colborne press release said. “The City of Port Colborne will not be selling 2020 seasonal passes for beachfront parking. Beachfront parking for cars, motorcycles and ATV’s will be limited to day pass sales for all interested beachgoers under a resident and non-resident fee structure.”

The fee structure is $15 from Monday – Friday per car, and $20 on weekends. The beach will be open Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday – Sunday and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For non-Niagara residents, the fee for beachfront parking is $50 throughout the week, Monday through Sunday.

While people can pay cash, it is recommended that people bring exact cash to limit cash handling.

People walking on to the beach can do so for free.

“There will be a limit for total capacity on the beach daily, in order to ensure the safety of all beachgoers. As natural factors, such as lake levels, affect the beachfront’s total usable space on a daily basis, staff will monitor beach use and overall spacing available to beachgoers. Therefore, it is likely that total capacity may vary,” the press release said. “For those paying for beachfront parking, staff will be spacing cars from one another to ensure physical distancing is maintained and that there is always a usable beach footprint for both walk-on visitors and those visiting by water.”

With the limitations on the daily numbers of beachfront parking passes sold, the City of Port Colborne has allowed for alternative parking.

“As there will be limitations on the daily numbers of beachfront parking passes sold, the City of Port Colborne is permitting walk-on beachgoers to park along the south side of Lake Road on a temporary basis for the 2020 season, without being subject to parking violation fees,” the release said.  “All vehicles parked on the north side of Lake Road, or anywhere else that obstructs Lake Road, will be subject to parking violation fees.”

Beachgoers are encouraged to bring personal hand sanitizer and other beach accessories such as water toys, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages. Cigarettes, alcohol and cannabis are not permitted at the beach.

Public washrooms will be open and there will be hand sanitization stations available.

For more information about recreation and park amenities open and/or closed in Port Colborne amid COVID-19, visit www.portcolborne.ca/page/covid19/RecreationandParks.

 

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