As we currently are in Phase B of the North Shore Health Department guidelines, the Village wants to be responsible in managing the public beach at Atwater so that community members are safe utilizing the public space. The Village Board approved a plan on June 1 providing parameters to Coastline Services on how to manage the public beach in respect to COVID-19.
Lifeguards will be at Atwater Beach starting Saturday, June 20. They will be present at the beach every day from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Their last day at the beach will be Sunday, August 16.
One significant change for Atwater Beach this year due to concerns of COVID-19 is that there will be a maximum capacity of 300. Depending on beach size and conditions, the maximum capacity number is subject to change. During peak hours, Coastline Services will have a staff person working at the gate at the top of the bluff reminding users of the beach rules and capacity limit. Signs will also be posted explaining the rules. We please ask all users to be respectful of the staff working the beach and implementing this new measure to protect all community members. In addition, we please ask users to monitor your time at the beach if it is at capacity and perhaps leave sooner than normal so that others can enjoy the beach, too.
A new ordinance enforces no smoking on Village parkland, which includes Atwater Beach. Other rules consist of no dogs, no fires or grills, and no glass. While lifeguards will be actively enforcing beach rules, their primary focus will be monitoring the water to assure all visitors are safe. The Village encourages everyone to stay on the public beach where there are trained lifeguards to keep all community members safe.
If you have questions, contact Eric Gietzen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be safe this summer and enjoy Shorewood’s public beach!