Beach season begins in Rhode Island

(Adam Theroux/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Just in time for the unofficial start of summer. the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has announced it’s opening some of the state’s most popular beaches.

Scarborough North and Roger Wheeler State Beaches in Narraganset, and Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The beaches at Lincoln Woods and Goddard Memorial State Park are also opening this weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The opening of beach season is always a special time, and I encourage everyone to head out to one of these beautiful places this weekend,” DEM Director Janet Coit said.

Weekend opening are weather permitting. All state beaches will be open on a daily basis beginning May 28. Daily beach parking for residents is $10 on weekdays and $14 on weekends and holidays. Non-residents will pay $20 on weekdays, and $28 on weekends and holidays. Season passes are available for $60 for residents, and $120 for non-residents. Passes can be purchased at any of the state beaches.

Beachgoers will also notice upgrades are in the works at four facilities.

At Scarborough North, the restrooms and showers are being renovated. That work is expected to be finished by July 1. The installation of two new walkway ramps at Roger Wheeler beach will be complete by Memorial Day. A new restroom and shower facility is being built at the George Washington Memorial Campground, and a new pavilion is being built at Lincoln Woods which will feature new restrooms and showers, an expanded education center, and a concession stand. Work on those projects will wrap up next April.

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