Returning to Pleasure Beach

Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport, June 24, 2014. (WTNH / Kent Pierce)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — For the first time in 18 years, local sun-worshipers will get the opportunity to enjoy Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport this weekend.

Earlier Tuesday, News 8 traveled by water taxi to the beach to give you an idea about what you’ll find when you make the trip.

From the mainland it’s just a short hop, about five minutes or so by water taxi to get over to Pleasure Beach.

This Saturday for the first time since a major fire destroyed cottages on the island and the bridge to get there, Pleasure Beach re-opens for the public to enjoy.

A number of improvements have been made ahead of the re-opening, including this new walkway on the island replacing the old one that was battered by years of stormy weather.

pleasure beach boardwalk

But that’s just for starters.

“We’ve rehabilitated two buildings that are out here, we’re prepared with new locker rooms, new restrooms, new showers for the public to come out to the beach area,” said Charles Carroll, Bpt. Dir. of Parks and Rec.

Although the public will be allowed back onto this sandy spot, the Pleasure Beach of 2014 is a long way from it’s heyday of the 40’s and 50’s which featured an amusement park among other land-marks.

Still city police are ready for the next chapter.

“Big challenge to have an island in the middle of a city that needs to be policed,” said Chief Joseph Gaudett/Bpt. Police Department.

And that means special patrols and life-guards and restrictions to keep the partying ‘in check’.

“No alcohol, no cooking, but certainly there’s lots of sun so bring plenty of sunscreen!” said Gaudett.

And there will be two water taxis shuttling people back and forth over to Pleasure Beach.

There’s no cost to ride starting at ten o’clock in the morning.

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