Potsdam Rec closes beaches for season early, working on plan for next year
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 9:38 am

POTSDAM – Summer recreation swimming at the beaches at Postwood Park and Sandstone Park has ended earlier than what was intended at the start of the season.

“A majority of our remaining guards who have been putting in countless hours are gearing up to leave and prepare for college and we will not be able to safely oversee the waterfront with those departing early,” said Potsdam Recreation Director Sunday after closing the beaches at 5 p.m.

“A majority of these fine young adults were hammering out 80 hours every two weeks with the addition of overseeing our swim lessons. We simply could not have done any of this without them!” Smutz said.

“We are sad to see it end, but have already started planning for next year and how we can continue to offer new programming and new experiences every year,” Smutz said. “Our main focus heading into next year will be upgrading our beach and picnic areas with better signage, new grills to accommodate parties, and new playground equipment.

“We can't begin to thank all of the visitors we had over the three months of waterfront access. We had 220 campers this year during our Summer Recreation Program and we would like to thank all of our Playground Leaders and especially our Lifeguards!” said Smutz in an email message.

At the Potsdam Town Council meeting July 13, councilors batted around a few ideas to keep the season going longer next summer, such as asking for help from certified lifeguards who might be coming into town for the fall semester next year who would be willing to cover the need as the regular staff go off to their schools.

Smutz says he and the Recreation Committee “have already started planning for next year and how we can continue to offer new programming and new experiences every year.

“Our main focus heading into next year will be upgrading our beach and picnic areas with better signage, new grills to accommodate parties, and new playground equipment, he said.

For now he shifting his focus to getting things ready for ice at Pine street Arena in October for the skating season