PLATTSBURGH - The City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department plans to open Plattsburgh City Beach to the public Thursday, June 30.
The beach was opened for swimming lessons offered by the town and city recreation departments June 27, with more than two dozen children attending. The overall opening of the beach is later this year, due to water levels for Lake Champlain only recently receding to less than 100 feet, according to Steve Peters, superintendent of the city recreation department. For the past several weeks, all entrances to the beach have been closed, with the parking lot submerged, as well as many portions of the Heritage Trail. The lake was, at one time, above the sea wall and flooding areas up to and around the Crete Memorial Civic Center.
"Our staff and crews from the Public Works Department have done an incredible job in a short amount of time cleaning up debris and repairing eroded areas," said Peters. "I am confident we can provide a great beach for the community this summer."
Due to the flooding, the swimming area has been moved from its original spot in front of the vendor building to an area near the new bathhouse and the Heritage Trail. As the summer progresses and the water continues to recede, the swim area will migrate back toward its original location.
Plattsburgh City Beach is located at 4 Beach Road and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting, through Monday,Sept. 5. Entrance is free for city and town residents and $5 per day for all others.