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With school out and high humidity here for the summer, families may want to take advantage of the local Briar Point Beach for a dip.
The beach has been open on weekends since the beginning of June, according to lifeguard Rebecca Searly.
â€śWe opened up full-time on June 18,â€ť she said.
According to Guy Lefebvre, the director at Parks and Recreation, the Fourth of July weekend saw some beautiful weather and was â€śquite busy.â€ť
â€śLast year, the Fourth of July had record low temperatures so this year was a nice start to the season and weâ€™re hoping for the best,â€ť he said.
The beach has two lifeguards stationed every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lefebvre stated that people are allowed to utilize the parks and beach after hours, but are asked to leave at dusk.
â€śWe have an attendant who works the evening shift to ensure they are out of the park,â€ť said Lefebvre. No one is allowed to be there beyond dusk, which right now is approximately 8:30 p.m., he said.
â€śThe weekends are usually pretty busy and weekdays are much calmer,â€ť said Searly.
Merita Dunn, former Coventry resident, now lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts, and faithfully makes the drive to the beach with her triplet daughters.
â€śWe come two to three times a week, sometimes more,â€ť said Dunn. â€śThe girls would come here everyday if Iâ€™d drive.â€ť
She said that she always feels safe at this beach, with the designated swimming area small enough so she can see what her daughters are doing.
â€śI feel comfortable being here,â€ť Dunn said. â€śSometimes it gets crowded, but not all the time and even then, I [still feel comfortable].â€ť
Christina Lorenson, Coventry resident, stated that her family moved to Coventry in 2003 and they come to the beach at least a couple times per season.
â€śWe like to come at night for an hour or two,â€ť Lorenson said. She explained that at times, she and her two daughters have walked to the beach.
â€śI gave my 9-year-old a choiceâ€”this beach or the ocean beach, and she chose to come here,â€ť said Lorenson. â€śI imagine because there are much less crowds.â€ť
The Lorenson and Dunn girls played together in the water. Rayann Dunn, 9, explained that she made up a game they like to play called â€śwater war.â€ť
â€śWe just splash each other,â€ť said Rayann. She said that she likes to go to Briar Point Beach because it is â€śbetter and cleaner.â€ť
According to Demetria Dunn, 9, the water has â€śdifferent temperatures depending on where you are in the water.â€ť
â€śIt feels good to jump in,â€ť she said. Demetria pointed out to the water and stated that Greta Lorenson, 4, had said she â€śwants to be in the water forever.â€ť
All the girls agreed that in the heat, they like to be at the beach.
According to Lefebvre, the beach is maintained everyday Monday and Friday to â€śimprove the appearance and surfaceâ€ť for beachgoers.
He also stated that the nearby group home, Community Solutions, assists with litter clean-up on the beach twice a week.
â€śIt has certainly been a benefit to us for a couple years now,â€ť said Lefebvre. â€śWe appreciate the effort on their part.â€ť
During the day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Coventry residents are charged five dollars to park and non-Coventry residents are charged 10 dollars, he said.
He stated that a resident must show proof of residency through a vehicle registration.
If residents choose to walk to the beach without a vehicle to park, they will be charged one dollar per person.
Season passes are also available for residents for $50 and can be purchased through the Parks and Recreation Department.
â€śThere is also a fee for grilling, if someone wants to bring in a charcoal or gas grill,â€ť Lefebvre said. To grill, residents will be charged two dollars and nonresidents charged four dollars.
There are a dozen picnic areas and a playground nearby so people can grill or relax in the shade.
â€śDogs arenâ€™t allowed at the beach,â€ť said Searly. â€śBut they are allowed in the park and picnic areas if they are kept on a leash.â€ť
Beachgoers should also be aware that they may not use any floatation devices or artificial support of any kind.
â€śIt gives them a false sense of security,â€ť said Lefebvre. â€śIf they fall off, lose control or slip through, itâ€™s a potential risk for a child going into the water because they cannot handle the device.â€ť
He stated that the two lifeguards on duty carefully watch to ensure an enjoyable day for families.