Greenwich Point and Byram Park summer season begins

It’s not technically summer yet, but it’s definitely starting to feel that way as beach season is open in Greenwich.

The season at Greenwich Point and Byram Park began last week and will last through Sept. 1.

Ferry service will become available starting Saturday, June 14 for both Island Beach and Great Captain’s Island. The island bathing beach season will run through Sept. 7 for Great Captain’s Island and Sept. 15 for Island Beach.

The Departments of Health and Parks and Recreation will continue to adhere to the existing policy pertaining to the prohibition of recreational swimming at local tidal beaches after rainfall events for all beaches. This policy does not include the island beaches since they do not appear to be affected by any one factor such as rainfall.

Closures of the island beaches will be announced by the Department of Health when necessary and announced for other locations after trigger rainfall events.In carrying out departmental policy, for the protection of the public’s health, the Division of Environmental Services will collect and analyze beach water samples weekly throughout the season.

After rainfall events of one half inch (0.5”) or greater, Byram Beach will close automatically for one beach day. If multiple storms occur, then the beach will close for one full day after the rain has stopped. Openings, closings and other announcements related to beach activity will be released by the Department through the Division of Environmental Services Beach Hot Line at 203-622-7855.

ll swimming closures will be posted at each beach location by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Announcements will also be made through the local press and radio station WGCH.

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