Bridgeport’s Pleasure Beach reopens for 1st full summer in 19 years

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

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A barrier beach is reopening for its first full summer season in 19 years.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said Saturday that Pleasure Beach, a city-owned, 71-acre park on the Long Island Sound, will be open weekends in May and then open all week in June from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The beach will be accessible by a free water taxi departing from the fishing pier at the intersection of Seaview and Central avenues.

Finch in a statement called the beach “a little piece of Nantucket right here in the Park City.”

Pleasure Beach, which the city took ownership of in 1892, reopened midsummer 2014. It had been home to an amusement park before declining visitor numbers and a bridge fire put it out of business in 1966.

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