Improvements at Million Dollar Beach!
Million Dollar Beach opens on Saturday, May 27!
Later this summer you’ll find an estimated $33,000 in improvements to the Million Dollar Beach area, including a new gate, signage, sidewalk lighting, increased access, and extended hours.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo is committed to making DEC facilities more accessible and enjoyable for everyone,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos in a press release. “We’re improving access and updating facilities to ensure visitors to Million Dollar Beach have the best possible experience.”
According to the release, “DEC is constructing a new gate on the western end of the beach, allowing pedestrians to enter the beach from Beach Road. The gate is expected to be completed before the end of June.”
Later this summer, DEC will extend lighting along the sidewalk from pedestrian crossing at the western end of the beach to the boat launch so the public can comfortably walk in that area.
Beginning May 27 on weekends, the public can access the beach through the new gate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to relax, picnic, or recreate on the sand, though they may not enter the water when lifeguards are not on duty.
The Beach House, complete with changing facilities, showers, and bathrooms, will also be open to the public.
Swimming will be permitted on weekends ONLY from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 27 to June 11 when lifeguards are on duty. During the Americade Motorcycle Rally, parking will be available at the Battlefield Park Day Use Area since the parking lot will be used by the rally.
Beginning June 16 through Labor Day, swimming will be permitted daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. when lifeguards are on duty. The beach coming hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The new hours of access and operation are on a trial basis this year and will depend on staff availability.
There is no charge to enter the beach. There is a $10 fee for parking.
The rules of the beach:
- No glass
- No alcohol
- No smoking
- No pets
- Swimming is allowed in designated areas only
- Swimming is prohibited at the approach and during thunderstorms.
No swimming is allowed in the area known as Dog Beach, which is located along the shoreline between West Creek and the beach.