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East Harbor gets beach house

Andy Ouriel • Jun 17, 2013 at 5:13 AM

A new shoreline facility finally complements the spectacular sights at East Harbor State Park.

Park workers recently unveiled a new beach house situated by the beach. The park is located off Ohio 269.

In January 2012, workers obtained $600,000 in state funds to replace an outdated and unsafe beach shelter.

“The old beach house was dilapidated and not functional anymore,” assistant park manager Chris Ashley said. “We needed something to serve the public.”

These funds paid to demolish the battered bathroom facility, which debuted about 50 years ago. Grant funds also paid to construct an entirely new beach house, equipped with:

* Separate bathrooms and changing rooms for men and women.

* Private quarters for lifeguards and park rangers.

* Outdoor showers to wash sand off bodies and feet.

* Vending machines.

* Bicycle racks, benches and a new paved sidewalk on the outside leading to the facility and beach.

While workers finished the five-month project before winter, park workers waited until this spring to open it for public use.

So far, the beach house has proven itself a sound investment.

“Every single person that has been here in the past couple years, and been to both beach houses now, say how great this new one is,” said Ashley, who estimates about 2,000 people visit the beach each day. “People are always coming by and saying how great this is.”

Among the pleased: Lorain residents Lisa Baylis and Jennifer Volak. Sprawled across towels on the beach Friday, both said they enjoy coming to East Harbor about six times a year to relax by tanning and lounging.

The upgraded beach house serves as one more reason for the friends to return.

“It’s clean, it’s updated and convenient,” Baylis said. “It has everything you need.”

East Harbor history

First opening in 1947, East Harbor State Park is located along Marblehead Peninsula’s north coast, situated on 1,500 feet of Lake Erie waterfront. The park is home to a beach, marina, campgrounds, picnic areas and scenic wetlands.

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