City Beach will open May 27th, access to beach will be free to City and Town residents with pass

(PLATTSBURGH - Tuesday May 23rd 2022) - On Friday May 27th, the City will be officially opening Plattsburgh City Beach to the public. City employees have been working hard over the spring to allow residents and visitors to enjoy the summer weather and are looking forward to welcoming back our Canadian neighbors from the North.

Lifeguards will be on duty during open beach hours (10AM-6PM Monday through Sunday). Residents of the City of Plattsburgh and Town of Plattsburgh will have free access to the parking lot at the beach and will need to obtain a Beach Pass from either the City of Plattsburgh Clerk or the Town of Plattsburgh Clerk depending on one’s residency. 

Timeline for Obtaining Beach Passes

Starting Friday, June 3rd, Beach Passes will be available at the City of Plattsburgh and Town of Plattsburgh Clerk’s Offices. Enforcement for beach passes will begin on June 10th, 2022.

Instructions on Obtaining Beach Passes

In order to obtain a pass, an application must be completed in full and submitted with the following documents: driver’s license, and vehicle registration. A current utility bill is required to demonstrate residency if Driver’s License has an address listed that is outside of the Town or City zip codes.  Two passes will be issued per household. Beach Pass Stickers should be placed on the inside of the vehicle’s rear windshield on the driver’s side.

Beach Pass applications can be found on the City’s website at www.cityofplattsburgh-ny.gov/plattsburghcitybeach. City of Plattsburgh passes are available for pick-up between 8:30am - 11:30am Monday - Friday at the City Clerk’s office. Town of Plattsburgh residents should check the town’s website (www.townofplattsburgh.com) for current Town Clerk hours.

Non-Plattsburgh Resident Beach Fees

For beachgoers who are not residents of the City or Town, there is a $12.00 daily flat fee to park in the parking lot at the City Beach, which can be paid at the parking kiosks located in the beach parking lot. A $60 seasonal beach parking pass is also available to purchase online at https://plattsburgh.thepermitportal.com/. Access to the beach facilities remains free for all but those parking in the beach lot must either pay the daily fee or purchase a seasonal permit.

This new daily rate represents a $1 increase from the rate charged in 2021 while the cost of a season pass has been reduced by almost 50% from the 2021 cost of $110.

"We of course are aware of the concerns for parking rates at the beach, but it's important to remind beachgoers that the city has always charged for parking," added Mayor Rosenquest. "Once the Falcon Seaboard agreement expires in December, we'll revisit the pricing schedule for City and Town residents. We don't think it's too much to ask for people to make that modest annual investment into what many of us call our most prized possession," Rosenquest says.

Beach Improvements

The Cabana Beach Bar is open for business and is celebrating its 11th season at the City’s beach! Multiple bathroom facilities are also open for public use.

The old northern bathhouse has been demolished and new showers have been installed in the southern bathhouse. The stage that was once located at Harborside has now been relocated to the beach lawn and will host multiple community events this summer.

"As we saw last year, a number of community groups wanted to host their events at the beach but were unable to. This year, we're very excited to host these events at the City Beach," says Rosenquest.

The City invites all food trucks who have obtained a proper permit issued by the City of Plattsburgh to vend at the beach. There will be four designated parking spots for food trucks and space is available daily on a first-come, first-served basis.

All information about the City Beach, obtaining beach permits and the parking kiosk systems can be found on the City’s website at www.cityofplattsburgh-ny.gov/plattsburghcitybeach.