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Massena, Potsdam beaches report busy start to summer

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Summer is in full swing across St. Lawrence County, and recreation department officials are noticing the influx of visitors to their beaches.

Although the sizzling temperatures last week may be just marking the beginning of summer vacation, the Massena and Potsdam beaches are becoming a popular destination so far this season.

“For both of our beaches I think it has been pretty good. It seems like we have done very well for the first two weeks that we have been open,” Potsdam Recreation Director Timothy W. Carey said. “This is the first week of swim lessons and from what I’ve been hearing, the numbers have been pretty good.”

The Potsdam Recreation Department is responsible for running both the Pine Street beach and Postwood Park in Hannawa Falls.

Both venues opened for the season June 14, with a scheduled closing date of Aug. 24.

Operating hours for both Pine Street and Postwood Park are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week.

“Most of the lessons are done at Postwood Park,” Mr. Carey said. “We usually get between 200 and 250 kids for swim lessons. They run in the morning at Postwood at 10 a.m.”

Mr. Carey said various factors determine which parts of the summer get more visitors than others.

“It is all weather dependent, obviously. It has definitely picked up the last couple of days with the heat. Also, with the kids out of school now, that has picked up. But there is no set time usually,” he said.

July and August are “usually pretty similar. The total might be a little different since we close a little early in August, but the daily averages are about the same.”

Massena Recreation Superintendent Richard A. Boprey also has seen an increase in people coming to the beach recently.

“Despite what rain we’ve had, we’ve had good pavilion rentings and have been very busy,” he said.

The summer rec program has at least 60 children, the weekends have been full and all pavilions have been rented out, said Administrative Assistant Nikki Debien.

As in Potsdam, the Massena Town Beach officially opened June 14, but did not start operating daily until June 25. The beach will close for the season Sept. 1.

The beachfront opens at 11:30 a.m. and closes 8 p.m.

“Last year the numbers weren’t that great due to the weather, but this summer we are hoping for a better season,” Ms. Debien said.

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