Lincoln shuts down Charles Daley Park Beach due to safety concerns

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Published June 30, 2021 at 2:39 pm

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In what the Town of Lincoln is calling “an abundance of caution”, access to Charles Daley Park Beach was shut down yesterday (June 29) over concerns of safety in that portion of Lake Ontario.

While the beach is just a small part of the park’s total 22.5 acres, the Town has barricaded the beach off from the public due to the “high likelihood of the presence of blue-green algae in the water which may cause harm to bathers.”

The creeks within the park, often used for canoeing and fishing, will remain open

“The park will continue to be available to visitors for passive use, but the water and beach will remain closed for user safety,” the Town said in a statement. 

Experts say blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, isn’t a new problem for bodies of water because the bacteria is ancient and a natural part of oceans and lakes, but what has changed is its increased frequency in freshwater lakes such as Lake Ontario.

(Photo courtesy of Lincoln’s Facebook page)

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