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BEACH UPDATES: OPEN: Stanclift Cove – Limited Use; CLOSED: Brodie Park Beach (As Regularly Scheduled), MDC Rec Areas

By: Maria Moore

With kids scheduled to start school tomorrow in New Hartford, today would normally be a great day to go to the beach. Beach options, however, are very limited, due to both the beaches’ regular schedules and to the effects of Hurricane Irene. Here’s our local beach round-up:

What’s Open

Stanclift Cove Beach is open through Labor Day, September 5. However, due to the effects of Hurricane Irene, beach use today WILL BE LIMITED to picnicking. The water level has risen to beyond the lifeguards’ chairs, leaving very little sand area available. Lifeguards will be on duty, as regularly scheduled. “Beach use will be limited until the water recedes.” NewHarfordPlus was told this morning in a call to the beach office.

If you have questions, please call the Stanclift Cove Beach office at the Cove at 860-379-8082.

If you do decide to go to Stanclift Cove for a picnic, please note that Route 219 is closed beyond the Ratlum Road (Ski Sundown) intersection [ 9 a.m., Monday, August 29 info.]. Take the “long route” going west on Route 44, make a right on Route 181 up to Pleasant Valley, then take a right onto Route 318. Stanclift Cove will be on the right. Or from New Hartford Center, go up Holcomb Hill, follow it all the way up; it becomes Goose Green in Barkhamsted. At the end of Goose Green make a right onto Route 318, Stanclift Cove will be on the right.

What’s Not Open

Brodie Park Beach is NOT open during the weekdays this week; there are NO lifeguards on duty. The beach will be open this coming weekend when lifeguards will again be on duty. Brodie Park Beach will be open Labor Day weekend (through September 5) after which the beach will close for the season. If you have questions, please call the Rec Department at 860-379-3877.

The MDC recreational areas at Lake McDonough, including East Beach, West Beach and Goose Green Beach, are NOT open. The MDC issued a press release closing their recreational areas on Saturday, August 27, before Hurricane Irene hit the state, and those areas will remain closed until further notice; see copy of press release below.

For more information on the MDC recreational areas, please visit the Lake McDonough page on the MDC website.

The North Shore at West Hill Lake on Sunday afternoon, August 28, after Hurricane Irene had left the state. Photo: Maria Moore

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