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Reservoir Beach season ends


UPDATED, Aug. 19:  Reservoir Beach is closed Thursday, Aug. 19, because of inclement weather and forecast thunderstorms. The beach will be open one last time for the season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.

No admission charged Aug. 20, and those who do go to the reservoir that day will receive a ticket for a free snack and drink from the concession stand (while supplies last).

Arlington Recreation thanks those who purchased Res tags and day passes this season, a town email said. "It was not easy fitting a beach season into the middle of a major construction project but I think we were able to do that with limited interruptions in service. Arlington Recreation can not wait for everyone to enjoy the newly renovated beach area in 2022," it said.

Phase II Arlington Reservoir Renovation project is well underway, and many town summer staff are returning to college. As the 2021 beach season comes to an end Friday, Aug. 20, town recreation is updating the public about some key project elements that affect general reservoir use.

The parking lot to the reservoir will be closed starting Monday, Aug. 23, so that the work to the parking lot can begin. The parking lot will remain closed through early October. This will include installation of the new boat ramp. Note that parking is available at Hurd Field off Drake Road with access through the playing field to the reservoir.

There will be no access to the beach area starting Aug. 23, so that the beach-area improvement project can get underway including the site preparation and construction of the new playground.

  • Portions of the perimeter path will remain open as much as possible throughout the fall season and it is estimated that the perimeter path will be completely renovated by the end of September.
  • Installation of the new fishing and viewing piers will be determined by the water level at the reservoir but will be completed sometime this fall.
  • Plantings, signs and other path accessories will be installed as the project continues and weather allows.
  • The project will continue through the fall with final touches being completed in the early spring.
  • The entire project has a substantial completion date of Dec. 1, 2021 and full completion by May 31, 2022.

Reservoir Beach has beens open for the summer since Monday, June 28. Beach hours (slightly modified from 2019) are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

This news announcement was published Wednesday, June 2, 2021, and updated Aug. 19.

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