In a cooperative effort with the Greenwich Department of Health, the Department of Parks and Recreation will begin the summer beach season with the official opening of Greenwich Point and Byram Beach on Saturday, May 25, 2019 and will run through September 2, 2019. The pools at Byram Park will also be opening on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
Ferry service will become available starting Saturday, June 8, 2019 for both Island Beach and Great Captain’s Island. The island bathing beach season will run through September 8, 2019 for Great Captain’s Island and September 15, 2019 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 certain 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 (203-622-7855) and the Town of Greenwich website (www.greenwichct.gov). All swimming closures will be posted at each beach location by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Announcements will be made through the local press and radio station WGCH.
The Departments of Health and Parks and Recreation wish all residents a happy and healthy summer.