Communications & Marketing Coordinator
The Trustees of Reservations
Ipswich, MA – May 23, 2012 – The Trustees of Reservations announced today that all Crane Beach operations will be in full swing as Memorial Day weekend kicks off another summer season of refreshing plunges, playing in the sand, and just soaking up the sun. Voted best beach in Massachusetts by readers of boston.comand the best beach for car-free travel by Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, Crane Beach is your choice for enjoying clean, inviting water, miles of shoreline, and top-notch facilities.
Beginning this Memorial Day weekend, the beach will be fully staffed with lifeguards to help keep you safe while swimming, interpretive rangers to help answer your questions and EMT’s to address any bumps and scrapes. The Crane Beach store featuring refreshments and merchandise will be open, the drinking fountains will be bubbling, and the membership services and visitor kiosk will be staffed with friendly faces ready to assist you. The bathhouses, with toilets and changing areas, will be fully operational as well as the outside showers and picnic area. The beach will also have staff on hand to provide transportation to the beach front for mobility-impaired and challenged visitors.
A few friendly reminders from the Crane Beach staff – please leave your dogs and floatation devices at home, and to help us be more sustainable, please remember that the beach trash policy is carry-in, carry out. But, recycling receptacles are provided.
Beginning on June 2nd, you can get a unique view of the beach or dunes from the water, as The Trustees partner with Essex River Basin Adventures for a second season to offer Guided Kayak Tours of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. According to Yankee Magazine, this area was voted “the best place to sea kayak in New England.” During the two-hour guided tour, paddlers are introduced to the basics of sea kayaking before setting out on an educational paddle though the Crane Wildlife Refuge. “Essex Bay is a perfect place to learn,” says Garry Dow, educator for the Crane Estate. “The water is always calm and the guides are fantastic. We provide the life jackets, the paddles and the boats. You only need to bring yourself.”
On any given afternoon, paddlers will find clammers scratching in the mud; crabs scavenging in the shallows; great blue herons hunting in the salt pans; and ospreys wheeling overhead. Though the bulk of the trip takes place on the water, there are a number of places to stop and rest – especially on isolated sand bars that become visible as the tide drains out of the bay each day. Guided kayak tours run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from June through September and cost $40 for Trustees members, $50 for nonmembers. Price includes kayak rental and equipment, tours guides and launch fees. Parking is at Crane Beach and a shuttle is provided to the launch dock. Online registration is required at http://www.thetrustees.org.
There’s more to experience at Crane Beach than sun, surf, and sand. The beach is managed for both recreation and conservation – people and ecology. Tidal pools and more than five miles of trails surround and wind through coastal dunes, which shield inland areas from storm waves and flooding and also provide important habitat for rare plants, invertebrates, mammals, birds, shellfish, and finfish that live and nest among them. Castle Neck is the site of the North Shore’s largest pitch pine forest. Crane Beach is also among the world’s most important nesting sites for piping plovers, a threatened bird that was nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th century for its eggs and feathers. The Trustees have been nationally recognized for its successful shorebird protection program. Membership and admission fees help to support this critical work and we appreciate your support and care around these efforts.
What’s the easiest and most economical way to access Crane Beach to take advantage of the award-winning sands and top-rated programs? As an active Trustees member, you can purchase a Crane Beach Parking Permit Sticker. With a parking permit sticker you’ll never have to fumble for cash or wonder where you left your membership card. Just drive on in and enjoy a day at the Beach! Ask about the parking permit sticker when you visit or go to www.thetrustees.org/cranebeach, where you can also find updates on parking, tides, weather, greenheads, programs and more. For daily updates follow us on twitter @CranePkgUpdate and friend us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thetrustees. You can also reach us at 978.921.1944 x1800, Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM.
For public transportation, The Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line offers some additional options. Get off in Ipswich to pick up the Ipswich Essex Explorer bus (ipswichessexexplorer.com), which will deposit you at Crane Beach (the $5 round-trip fare includes the beach fee). The bus runs weekends and holidays from June 16 to September 3.
More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust,” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 106 spectacular “reservations” (over 20 of which are on Boston’s north shore) located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. To find out more about membership, volunteer, job and other engagement opportunities with The Trustees visit http://www.thetrustees.org.