Among the local funds secured by State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) in the Fiscal Year 2022 Senate Budget is $100,000 toward renovations at Lake Gardner Beach in the City of Amesbury.
Recently, local stakeholders have been working to address a variety of issues at Lake Gardner. The City will be hiring a Beach Director this season to ensure a consistent presence at the beach and the local Department of Public Works has been making improvements to the bathrooms there. They are also considering a potential tenant, such as a coffee shop or kayak rental company, to use the small commercial space in the building.
However, the City needs improvement of the parking area and in particular access to the beach and surrounding park in order to ensure compliance with ADA requirements.
“There has been a significant increase in use at all of the City’s recreational areas during the pandemic,” said DiZoglio. “The urban beach and its trails play an important role in keeping the community healthy, mentally and physically and these funds will go a long way to ensuring they are accessible to all residents and visitors alike.”
“Amesbury’s open spaces are an integral part of our identity, and Lake Gardner is one of our most important natural assets,” said Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove. “This funding from the state would allow us to make necessary improvements for accessibility and overall access for our residents. We are grateful to Senator DiZoglio for her continued advocacy for Amesbury and look forward to working with her and Representative Kelcourse to get this into the final FY 2022 budget and bring the funds to Amesbury.”
“As Amesbury’s District 4 City Council representative, ensuring the ongoing improvement of Lake Gardner Beach has been a priority of mine for quite some time,” said Amesbury City Council Vice President Nicholas Wheeler. “My thanks to Senator DiZoglio, Mayor Gove and their respective teams for recognizing the need for continued investment, and for helping to secure these much-needed funds for our community beach. It’s my hope that these funds can help us restore this treasured public facility for the continued enjoyment of future generations.”