Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport re-opening

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)–The popular Pleasure Beach will once again be open to the public, after two decades of being closed.

For years, people have been championing efforts to re-open the beach.

It will finally re-open Saturday at 10 a.m., and will close at 6 p.m.

The peninsula will be accessible seven days a week via free water taxi, which will pick beach goers up at the fishing pier located on Seaview Avenue near its intersection with Central Avenue.

Dating back to the late 19th century, the beach has played a role in the city’s history. But by the mid 20th century, an amusement park that once operated there was closed, and outdated structures on the peninsula were plagued by fires.

After serving as a park for several years, Donald Trump and Steve Wynn sought the creation of a casino and housing development at Pleasure Beach in the 1990s. That never came to fruition.

News 8’s Brian Spyros has more.

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