Abandoned for nearly 20 years after a fire, Saturday was a historic day for Bridgeport because Pleasure Beach is back.
The Park City celebrated the official reopening under sunny skies. The day began with a boat ride to a special destination
It was the last leg of a long journey for Mayor Bill Finch, who had spent years trying to get the 71 acre island/peninsula reopened to the public ever since 1996, when a fire burned the pier connecting it to the mainland.
“The park is going to be open regularly, and the water taxis that take you over are free,” Mayor Finch said.
Pleasure Beach will be open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. seven days a week. Water taxi rides depart from the Bridgeport ferry dock, and parking on the mainland side is also free.
On this inaugural day, the beaches were full by noon. People arrived periodically in waves.
Mayor Finch and state Rep. Don Clemens were among those who celebrated the occasion by trading in their business suits for bathing suits.
For more information, click here to visit the Pleasure Beach webpage.