Southwick Beach State Park is one of the most heavily visited day use areas in the Thousand Island State Parks Region, attracting an average of 120,000 visitors annually. Under a continuing design service contract with NYSOPRHP, Beardsley is currently providing full architectural/engineering, landscape architecture and construction phase services for this comprehensive redevelopment project.
The planned improvements include a new facility to replace an existing outdated concession and bathroom building, and reconfiguration of the site roadway network, parking areas, and improvements to the beach dune system and beach access. The work was constructed under multiple projects in multiple phases.
The first phase began construction in late fall of 2018 and includes a replacement Concession Building and Beach Bathhouse. The new buildings include bathroom facilities, a covered outdoor gathering space, lifeguard station with first aid room, camper laundry area, arcade, camp store and concession area with full kitchen. The structures include location-appropriate architectural forms and materials that complement the existing facilities in the region.
A subsequent phase will include adaptive re-use and renovation of the existing concession building, to become a gathering pavilion. A structural evaluation performed by Beardsley concluded that although the existing building is in need of some repairs, it is fundamentally sound and is worthy of further investment.
As part of the comprehensive redevelopment, Beardsley also provided the design for renovated parking lots and beach dune access at the facility. This project was constructed in the first phase, simultaneously with construction of the new buildings.
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