Some local beaches set to open Memorial Day weekend

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) – As the weather warms up and Rhode Island residents are enjoying the first weekend of unofficial summer, some state beaches are also opening to the public.

Some residents enjoyed a quiet walk on Narragansett Town Beach or jumped into the ocean for a quick swim on Friday, but until the beach opens on Saturday morning, you have to swim at your own risk.

According to Narragansett Town Beach Manager Scott Hassell, starting on Saturday morning, some of the best life guards on the east coast will be stationed at the beach.

“We have the best life guard staff on the east coast, and we are very proud of that. Unless we have high waves or something like that, it will be swimming and surfing and boarding and everything else going on this weekend,” said Hassell.

Like last year, there will be an $8 rate to enter the beach and a $15 fee for the parking lot. Hassell also wanted to remind beach goers that there’s no alcohol, glass bottles, or pets allowed on the beach.

This weekend’s weather is expected to improve each day throughout the weekend, with Monday being the best day of the bunch. The water will still be chilly, with water temperatures lingering in the mid-50s. Dispite the chilly temperatures, Hassell is expecting a good turnout this weekend.

“As long as the sun shines we are going to be busy, absolutely.”

Narragansett Town Beach will be open only on weekends until June 16.

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