Hot Day? Restricted Macbride Beach Access
SOLON — To improve overall beach safety, officials at Lake Macbride State Park will restrict the number of vehicles and visitors to the beach area, on days with a forecast high temperature of 80 degrees or above. Especially with a congested 4th of July weekend approaching, the parking restriction is necessary for public safety of park goers and goes into effect immediately.
On days with the high temperature expected to exceed 80 degrees, vehicles destined for the beach parking lot, on the park’s north side, may be turned away when the 250-space beach parking lot is full. The move is to allow safe traffic movement and to reduce severe beach congestion at the park, located five miles west of Solon, in Johnson County
“We have been turning away beach-goers on several weekends already this season,” explains Macbride park ranger Gwen Prentice. “Up to 1,000 people have been utilizing the beach, concession area and outlying picnic sites. Traffic tie-ups, illegal parking and incidents of misconduct have risen with the stream of traffic pouring into the beach area.”
The move will allow park officials to keep access lanes open for emergency vehicles and provide adequate parking space for other north side use areas; such as the campground, fishing and boating, playgrounds, boat rental and lodges. As vehicles leave the full parking lot, others will be allowed in. The restriction will be reviewed, following the Labor Day Weekend, as beach use wanes.
Already on busy weekends, campsite occupants have been walking a half mile to the beach and many day-use visitors have also parked and walked similar distances. Customers renting the two north side lodges will be advised that their guests will have a limited number of spaces, too, and to urge them to carpool when possible for the receptions, reunions and other functions held in the lodges.
The beach area restrictions do not affect south side campground and fishing ramp use, nor other day uses at parking lots and activity areas throughout the 2175-acre Department of Natural Resources state park; though park officials stress that those parking areas may also fill quickly. Diverted park goers will be advised of other parks and beaches in the area.