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Massena Town Beach pavilions ready for rental starting this weekend

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MASSENA - The weather may not say so, but beach season is in the air.

Massena Recreation Director Richard A. Boprey said pavilions at the Massena Town Beach will be available for weekend use only starting Memorial Day weekend, and some reservations have already been coming in.

The Massena Town Beach has three pavilions with electricity, outdoor barbecue grills and picnic tables. The cost to rent a pavilion is $40, and reservations can be made by calling the recreation department at 769-3161.

The beach front, however, will not open until next month.

“On the 24th, 25th and 26th (of May) it will be open weekends only with no beach front open. It will be that way until June 30. We will have no lifeguards on duty until June 30,” Mr. Boprey said.

That’s when the recreation commission’s summer recreation program begins, a little later than normal because of high school graduations that are being held later in June, he said. The program runs until Aug. 8, and he said letters have already gone to the schools advising them of this year’s dates.

“The summer rec program starts on the 30th (of June). From June 30 forward, (the beach) will be open seven days a week. It will only be open on the weekends until then,” he said.

Mr. Boprey has already received approval from the Massena Central School District to use school buses to transport summer recreation program participants to and from the Massena Town Beach.

“We’re been approved for the buses, and we have bus drivers in place,” he said.

Program participants will be served lunch at Jefferson Elementary School, one of the summer recreation program playground sites.

All lifeguards and counselors for the summer recreation program have already been hired and are ready to begin, according to the recreation director.

Daily parking fees for the beach this summer remain at $5.

The beach will shut down for the season on Sept. 1, Labor Day.

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