A mobile parking payment app, rocks on the ramps leading to the beach, and the desire to partner more with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation on a number of important issues were part of the agenda of the Friends of Nantasket Beach during the group’s recent remote summer meeting.
One suggestion was to request a meeting with the DCR about the possible replacement of the deteriorating hockey rink, which the DCR owns. “There’s a lot of interest in this issue,” Friends president Jason McCann said.
The Friends is a volunteer organization geared toward promoting public use of the beach as well as addressing environmental and quality-of-life issues and developing and promoting programs and events. The group has about 750 followers from Hull and other communities.
The DCR is currently introducing the new contactless payment system, the YODEL app, at many of its facilities, including Nantasket Beach. The system will be phased in this summer and fall.
In the longer term, the app could provide other features, such as the capability to make advance reservations, provide capacity information, and allow digital sales of day-use and parking passes.
This new app is expected to improve the visitor experience, reduce traffic and wait time, and help manage the capacity at various busy DCR facilities, such as Nantasket Beach.
Annual and senior passes are still valid and should be placed in the front window of a vehicle for easy viewability. While other existing payment options will continue to be available, it is unclear for how long.
Another discussion focused on requesting a meeting with the DCR about the possible replacement of the deteriorating hockey rink, which the DCR owns. “There’s a lot of interest in this issue,” Friends president Jason McCann said.
Questions also arose about how components of the Nantasket Beach Reservation Master Plan, which was completed by the DCR several years ago, could be implemented and funded. No definitive answer has yet been provided.
Another concern for residents is the condition of the Allerton Point seawall. Regarding the long-standing cobble issue, McCann noted that some of the ramps leading to the beach have been cleared and that parking is available “right near every entrance” to the beach.
Clearing the cobble and the availability of nearby parking “make the beach more welcoming,” Friends member Steven Greenberg said.
The fact that there were not many residents on the call would seem to indicate that “people are happy with the beach,” McCann said, at least for the time being.
On a lighter note, the opening day for the “Humans of Nantasket Beach” photo exhibit at the Mary Jeanette Murray Bathhouse is planned for Sunday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m. The display will feature the candid photos of Hull resident Joe Berkely, showcasing everyday visitors to Nantasket Beach.
It was also noted that anyone with concerns or questions about Nantasket Beach can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quick response.
Residents of Hull and surrounding communities are encouraged to participate in the Friends effort. For more information about the group or to join it, visit friendsofnantasketbeach.org.