POSTED ON: MAY 22, 2020 - 1:08PM
The New Durham Select Board and New Durham Parks & Recreation Commission decided this past week during their regular business meetings to open the Town Beach on Merrymeeting Lake to New Durham Residents, and parking by permit only. The Beach will have swim area ropes and buoys our for users safety, but will not have beach attendants, restrooms or trash receptacles available. Users of the beach are asked to follow the Center for Disease Controls (CDC) COVID-19 Coronavirus guidelines, and the Governor's Stay at Home 2.0 guidelines. These guideline include 6' social distancing, groups of no more than 10, facial coverings (when interacting with with individuals not in your group, or if unable to social distance.) and frequent handwashing and or use of hand sanitizer. Residents as asked to carry in and carry out of all belongs and refuge. The Police Department will make regular patrols of the parking area which is by Town of New Durham Facility Use Decal only. The Board and Commission hope the users will enjoy the Beach and ask all users to please use good judgement, and recreate responsibly during this unprecedented time of the worldwide health pandemic.
The Parks & Recreation Department develops and manages a system of public recreation for all citizens of The Town of New Durham. Duties include managing and maintaining public facilities including the ballfields and town beach, organizing and supervising athletic programs and planning community activities. Additionally, Parks & Recreation works alongside other town departments, boards, organizations and individuals to provide community events and fundraising endeavors to support and improve the quality of life of New Durham residents. The Department strives to provide meaningful and impactful programming for participants young to senior, focusing on areas of local interest and need.
Parks and Rec director