Salisbury Beach restrooms only open weekends now

BRYAN EATON/Staff photoSigns on each entrance to the public restrooms on Cable Avenue at Salisbury Beach give the phone numbers of town officials to complain to about the restrooms being closed during the week and ask where people should go instead. Officials say the bathrooms are always closed after Labor Day, but will remain open on weekends only.

SALISBURY — Public restrooms on Salisbury Beach are open, but only on weekends.

The town closed its public beach restrooms last week, prompting an unknown person to post a handwritten note on one of the doors telling people to call Town Hall to complain about the issue.

The restroom closures are not unusual, according to an email from Town Manager Neil Harrington.

“The town never keeps the public restrooms at the beach open on weekdays after Labor Day because kids are back in school by then,” Harrington said.

But this is not a usual year.

Students in the Triton Regional School District are not expected to return to school until next week, and it will be remote learning only to start. Some families may still be flocking to the beach for a last hurrah as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Harrington said the restrooms will be open and staffed on the weekends until next summer.

“There is no funding available in our FY 21 budget to keep the restrooms open during the week at this time of the year,” he said.

Voters at the spring Town Meeting approved borrowing $5.2 million to build a comfort station and welcome center at the beach.

Harrington said one of the comfort station buildings is expected to be complete and open to the public next summer.

Plans for the Salisbury Beach comfort station and welcome center can be found at www.salisburyma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif1166/f/uploads/beachcenterdesign2.pdf.

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at jsullivan@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

Recommended for you