National Seashore Officials Assessing Herring Cove Beach Parking Lot Damage

Storm damage at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown

PROVINCETOWN – Cape Cod National Seashore officials will wait to see how much more damage will be caused to park facilities through the winter before making repairs.

Chief of Maintenance Karst Hoogeboom says the Herring Cove Beach parking lot in Provincetown took a heavy beating during the last storm.

“At the north parking lot we continue to get heavy erosion there damaging what is left of the revetment,” Hoogeboom said. “We are in the process to relocate that parking lot further inland, but that’s in the design process in the moment.”

Hoogeboom said the revetment will be inspected further to see if there are any actions the National Seashore will take to protect visitor from possible injury.

Coast Guard Beach also saw some heavy erosion and repairs will need to be made to sure up the stairs at Marconi Beach.

The hurricane force winds also caused some damage to some of the National Seashore’s buildings.

“We had recently reroofed some of our buildings and they took a beating as well,” Hoogeboom said. “A lot of three-tab shingle roofs were pretty heavily damaged and we will have to get those repaired.”

There was also a wash over at Balston Beach in Truro near where South Pamet and North Pamet Roads used to meet.

Hoogeboom said the National Seashore continues to look ahead to the permanent replacement of the Herring Cove parking lot, with a goal of construction beginning this fall.

“We believe that the funding is in place,” he said. “We are in design right now.”

Design plans were expected to be received over the last few weeks to begin a preliminary review.

“Those will then move on to contract documents and then we will go through a bidding process,” he said.

Seashore officials were concerned about the impact construction would have on the summer season because work will require the reconstruction of Provincelands Road.

“Our decision was that we are going to wait until after Labor Day before we start working on that because we will have to close the road to do the project,” Hoogeboom said.

Hoogeboom asks that visitors look at the beach from a distance during and after storms for the remainder of the season as the bluffs can be unstable.

“We don’t want to lose any visitors to the beach,” he said.

Hoogeboom said the National Seashore also expects to reopen the new trail at Nauset Light Beach this weekend.

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