PLATTSBURGH — The City Beach will celebrate its official opening weekend with activities, music and fun in the sun at an event billed as the first annual Beach Bash on Saturday, June 14.
“We have never done something like this before, so we wanted to give something back to the community as well as our visitors who come from out of the area,” said Jessica Shields, recreation supervisor in Plattsburgh. “It’s a great way for families to get together, and I know I would want to celebrate the summer season after such a harsh winter we went through.”
The day will start at 8 a.m. with registration for the Champlain Valley Family Center 5K Run for Recovery at the beach at 9 a.m. This run will raise funds for Champlain Valley Center Youth programming.
After, the North Country Chamber of Commerce will hold its 16th annual Great Adirondack Car Show, Craft Fair and Giant Garage Sale at the Crete Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., an event that started as just a car show 16 years ago and has grown ever since.
“This year, we’re happy to be part of the City of Plattsburgh’s Beach Bash,” said Jody Parks, executive vice president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a great way to celebrate summer and make a ‘splash’ on the opening day of the city beach.”
Also during that time, staff and volunteers from the Imaginarium Children’s Museum will be on hand with crafts and activities for children at the beach until 2 p.m.
Joe Kovacs from local juice bar Smooth Moves will be hosting a BBQ in the beach concession stand with beach foods and smoothies from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., while The Cabana Beach Bar opens its doors for a beer garden from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Later in the afternoon, the City Recreation Department will host a two-on-two beach volleyball tournament on the beach’s two volleyball courts, which will last from 1 to 7 p.m.
Throughout the day, there will be music provided by Social Relief, a musical movement to create events with a captivating atmosphere and promote a better nightlife in Plattsburgh, from 1 to 5 p.m., leading up to a performance by Lucid, a self-described “wood-rock” band from Plattsburgh, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. A bonfire will be set up from 6 to 9:30 p.m., which will end the night.
“People want to see things happening, so it’s been easy to have the businesses engaged and involved and really take on providing these opportunities,” said Chris Rosenquest, president of the Plattsburgh Renewal Project. “They (the businesses) were very excited and open to the opportunity.”
Admission will be $3 per person and free for children 12 and younger, covering the entire day. This event was created by the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department and the Plattsburgh Renewal Project.
Steve Peters, superintendent of recreation, said the planning started in November and took off in February, which came all together in the last few weeks, a plan to showcase one of Plattsburgh’s biggest attractions.
The Plattsburgh City Beach takes the title as one of the longest freshwater beaches in America that features Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
“It’s always good for us to focus some of our attention on the beach,” Peters said. “It’s truly a gem that we want to encourage people to enjoy because it’s here.”
To register for the 5K run, visit ageeracetiming.com/events/241. For the two-on-two beach volleyball tournament, register at plattsburghrecreation.com. To be part of any of the events for the Great Adirondack Car Show, Craft Fair and Giant Garage Sale, visit www.northcountrychamber.com.
“There’s a chance to get some fitness in, such as the 5K run, but also a chance to relax and enjoy one of the best views that we have on the lake,” Peters said. “Hopefully, we’ve provided something that people can find some enjoyment out of.”