Lake McDonough beach in Barkhamsted will be closed over Memorial Day weekend and it will remain closed until further notice because of a lack of lifeguards, according to the Metropolitan District.
The beach area hasn’t been open for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the boat launch has remained open, MDC said, and the boat launch will remain open seven days a week.
MDC said Lake McDonough does not have a “swim at your own risk” policy and needs lifeguards to open.
The Metropolitan District is working to address the lifeguard staffing and recruitment issues and has not yet made a decision about the rest of the season.
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“While the MDC regrets any inconvenience this may cause, this action is necessary to ensure the safety and security of our staff and the public,” they said in a statement.
This issue is not unique to Lake McDonough.
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