CAROLINA BEACH — It’s the unofficial end to summer and that often means one last trip to the beach, but for those planning to go to Freeman Park this weekend, you might need to make other plans — unless you are a season pass holder.
“Freeman Park will be open only to annual permit holders and campers with reservations during the Labor Day weekend, which includes Friday, August 30th through Monday, September 2nd,” according to a press release from the town.
Earlier this year the Town of Carolina Beach began restricting access to the park after heavy tides and erosion, along with heavy crowds led to overcrowding at the park.
“The effects of tides and erosion still exist, and the northern areas of Freeman Park remain closed to all vehicular traffic. Intermittent closures could still be possible based on limited beach area and level of patron use. Public safety staff will perform assessments daily to determine when additional sections of the park can safely be opened, or if additional closures are required,” according to the press release.
According to the town, the following limitations still apply:
- No vehicles are allowed past marked closures. Anyone driving past a designated closure will be issued a citation. Visitors of the park may still walk past closure points.
- No vehicle shall operate or park in the tidal zone (wet sand area).
- Lifeguards will only patrol areas of Freeman Park where vehicles are allowed.
- Intermittent closures are anticipated to occur due to limited beach area and level of patron use.
- Pending increased tidal surges may result in additional restrictions and closures.