Though it's one of Lake Erie's most popular waterfront destinations, Sandusky is still without a public beach.
"The city has been talking about a public beach at Lions (Park) for a number of years," said Gary Packan, assistant city manager.
The talks began in 2002 when former City Manager Gerald Lechner had the waters tested for bacteria. Lechner said that the beach at Lions Park had been closed in the 1950s, probably for sanitary reasons.
In the past, E. coli levels were a concern in the waters surrounding Lions Park on West Monroe Street. Now the waters have cleared and are healthy enough to support a public beach should the city construct one.
"It's not out of the question by any stretch of the imagination," said Bob England, Director of Environmental Health.
As of the last testing results on Wednesday, the water at Lions Park was found to be in good condition.
From a health perspective it could be done, England said.
But it isn't just the health of the water that had plans for a beach waterlogged.
"Funding is a major issue," Packan said. "We don't have the money for it."
Construction of a public beach also means constructing a parking lot, new restrooms and other related projects.
While the city has other projects ahead of a public beach, it is still something officials are considering.
"It's something that we want to do and it is on the radar," Packan said.
The city has considered other locations, such as Shoreline Park, for a small public beach. So far nothing has been decided.
The location of the beach would determine how much effect it would have on downtown businesses. If the beach were to be located at Lions Park, the effects it would have on the downtown would be minimal, said downtown development director John Lippus.
"Those that would use the beach would primarily be locals," Lippus said. He added that if the beach were to be located in or around the downtown, there would be more of a direct effect.
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