In the fall of 2019, the City partnered with KS Associates to study the current conditions at Nickel Plate Beach and implement various best practices for open water swim areas. In accordance with the findings of the study, the City established policies and procedures and various physical improvements to mitigate risk for patrons of Nickel Plate Beach.
Summary of the modifications include:
- Creation of a designated swim area (ariel photo in the policy)
- Installation of an electronic wind monitoring system with notification capabilities
- Installation of additional signage educating patrons on rip currents
Ultimately, anyone entering the water does so at their own risk. Lake Erie is a dynamic open body of water and has can pose significant risks.
In addition to the safety measures above, the City will also be implementing regulations following the guidelines set by the State through Responsible Restart Ohio.
- Signage will be posted on the beach advising patrons to practice social distancing by limiting groups to 10 people and staying at least 6 feet apart from other parties. It is the responsibility of the patrons to follow these guidelines.
- Upon arrival, flyers outlining the optimal practices to maintain a healthy environment on the beach will be passed out to patrons.
- Hand sanitizer will be available where water is not.
- Beach staff will be equipped with personal protective equipment.
- The changing facilities and playground will be closed.
- The middle volleyball court will be closed to allow for more space for social distancing.
- A part-time police officer will be assigned to assist
Overall, we ask that patrons carry out self-regulation on the following:
- Stay home if you are sick or do not feel well.
- Use social distancing and maintain at least six feet between individuals.
- Do not gather in groups of 10 or more.
- If the beach is crowded or parking lots are full, go to another location that is not as crowded.