Thousands flock to reopened Pleasure Beach

It probably comes as no surprise that area residents have been flocking to Pleasure Beach, the 71-acre barrier island that was cut off from the public when a fire destroyed the swing bridge that served as the only city entry point in 1996.

According to the mayor’s office, since it’s re-opening on June 28, nearly 4,000 people have rediscovered Pleasure Beach.

Here’s more from the mayor’s office:

Since opening last month, people have come by the thousands to take a short water taxi ride to enjoy the beaches and natural beauty.

“We’re thrilled with the number of people who have rediscovered Pleasure Beach,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “These outstanding numbers validate all of the hard work that went into bringing the beach back for Bridgeport residents and visitors throughout the region to enjoy.  I thank those who have already made the trip and encourage others to rediscover Pleasure Beach.”

Pleasure Beach is now accessible via free water taxis running seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“We are very happy with the number of people that have already come out to enjoy Pleasure Beach,” said Charles Carroll, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bridgeport. “If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Pleasure Beach or you have not been in decades, I encourage you to come out and have a great time on this beautiful beach.”

Keila Torres Ocasio