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CLOSED FOR THE SEASON   Pleasure Beach Lives will resume its walks to Pleasure Beach in summer 2014. In the meantime, please sign up for our mailing list and find us on Facebook.

Pleasure Beach Lives hosts seasonal walks out to Pleasure Beach, touring the burned bridge, assorted architectural ruins, and of course, the wildly spectacular beach. This walk is about 4 miles, takes about 2.75 hours, and much of it is over loose sand, rubble, and uneven terrain. All walks are free and open to the public.

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osprey platforms and wild vegetation on long beach walking through a field on Pleasure beach

ABOUT PLEASURE BEACH   Pleasure Beach, a large terminus of a narrow barrier beach peninsula in Stratford, has belonged to Bridgeport for nearly a century. The bridge that connected it to the Bridgeport mainland burned in 1996. Since then, it has grown wild with piping plovers, osprey, cacti, turtles, deer, rabbits and foxes, while the existing structures left from its amusement park / public beach days have deteriorated into a living ruins. Today's Pleasure Beach is spectacular, and it is accessible by foot at all tides via Stratford's ruggedly beautiful Long Beach.

the demolished carousel on Pleasure beach

Pleasure Beach Lives hosts seasonal walks out to Pleasure Beach, touring the burned bridge, assorted architectural ruins, and of course, the wildly spectacular beach. This walk is about 4 miles, takes about 2.75 hours, and much of it is over loose sand, rubble, and uneven terrain. (Be sure to wear sturdy shoes!) Often, a specialist guides the tour, offering expertise on wildlife or history.

Whether you've been to Pleasure Beach just once recently or went every summer as a child, it will come as no surprise that lots of folks have deep attachments to it, and many have found it inspirational.

HISTORY OF PLEASURE BEACH
2011 History of Pleasure Beach Bridgeport History Center's account
2010 Report from Pleasure Beach Connecticut Magazine article provides overview
2005 Dino's Photos photos of LBW Cottages & carousel on Pleasure Beach (now both demolished)
1996 Bridge Burns New York Times article about the bridge destruction

CURRENT PLANS FOR PLEASURE BEACH
2012 Conservation plans article in Audubon magazine chronicles recent conservation attempts
2011 Pleasure Beach Community Meeting reporting from the community meeting
2011 Pleasure Beach Master Plan slide presentation & transcript from the community meeting

ARTISTS ON LONG BEACH WEST + PLEASURE BEACH
2010 Overtaking the LBW Cottages Brooklyn artists create in/on cottages prior to demolition
2010 Photography by Rob Dobi Photographer Rob Dobi documents the ruins of New England
2010 Photography by Michelle Beaulieu LBW cottages and beach

ALLIES OF PLEASURE BEACH
Save Pleasure Beach website with historical timeline, video, photos, letters, newspaper articles
Friends of Pleasure Beach Facebook page, with many archival clippings and contributed photos
Pleasure Beach Lives our Facebook page

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VISIT PLEASURE BEACH   You can walk to Pleasure Beach along the lovely two miles of Stratford's Long Beach (directions & info) on your own, or join us on one of our guided walks. However, be sure to leave any four-legged friends at home. In order to protect endangered shorebirds, dogs are not allowed on the beach from April through November.

Don't have a car to drive to Long Beach? Take the bus to Lordship Blvd (route 113) and ride your bike on 113 North through the marsh to Lordship; turn right on Oak Bluff Ave, which dead-ends into the Long Beach parking lot.

Prefer to travel by sea? We've noticed folks arrive at Pleasure Beach by kayak, boat or jet ski. If you're paddling you can row right up to shore, but if your boat is larger there's a dock on the west side of the island.

Is this legal, you're wondering? Long Beach is a public park, open to all: just mind the roped-off nesting habitats. (When the LBWest cottages were still up, it WAS illegal to go near them, although the park itself remained open. This has caused some lasting confusion.) Pleasure Beach is technically a closed park, but remember that coastal-access is guaranteed by state law, so if you stay below the high tide mark you are on open land.

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The creation of the above poster and this website were supported in part by a 2012 Mayor's Neighborhood Arts & Heritage Grant, offered by the Mayor's Office and the Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Council (BACC).

ABOUT THIS PROJECT   Pleasure Beach has become unique and astonishing through its isolation. In an already stunning urban seaside setting, 16 years of inaccessibility has allowed nature to reclaim its rather grand architectural ruins. Its current state of decay, so emblematic of Bridgeport, has transformed Pleasure Beach into Park City's meta-park. We think Pleasure Beach is one of the most amazing places we've ever seen, and we want to share it with others.

Please sign up for our mailing list in order to hear about future events. Also, find us on Facebook.

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2014 SUMMER EVENTS

coming soon!!.....

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2013 PAST EVENTS
Walk Pleasure Beach Sunday October 13, 1pm walk canceled
Flora Pleasure Beach September 15, 3pm: UB Bio professor Dr. Kitty Engelmann leads a tour of plant life.
Walk Pleasure Beach Sunday August 25, 5:30pm: we'll be joined by a former Pleasure Beach vacationer, last there '53!
Walk Pleasure Beach Sunday July 28, 5:30pm
Walk Pleasure Beach Sunday June 23, 5:30pm: Master Wildlife Conservationist David Wright guides the tour.
Flora Pleasure Beach Sunday May 12, 1pm: UB Bio professor Dr. Kitty Engelmann leads a tour of plant life.
Walk Pleasure Beach Sunday April 21, 1pm

2012 PAST EVENTS
Walk Pleasure Beach Sunday November 25
Walk Pleasure Beach Sunday October 21
Walk Pleasure Beach + return trip clean-up Sunday September 23
Clean-up Pleasure Beach Sunday August 12
Walk Pleasure Beach Sunday July 22

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CONTACT US   Want to guide a walk, or otherwise get involved? We'd love to hear from you. Write to us at info(at)pleasurebeachlives.org.

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