Town gets a second lifeguard, but beach hours still limited

Town gets a second lifeguard, but beach hours still limited

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town was able to hire a second lifeguard to patrol the Notte Park beach, said Recreation Director Lois Barbieri this week, but hours of operation will still be limited to the public.

Barbieri said town officials are still open to the possibility of opening for longer hours, but with only two people and with them having other demands on their time, the hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays will remain in effect for now.

“We still have limited lifeguards at the beach,” she said.

Barbieri said staff decided it was better to open later and stay open later because that’s when more people tend to come to the beach off Douglas Avenue.

“We tried to have the coverage where we saw the needs,” she said. “There are not many here at 9 or 10 in the morning.”

The rainy weather of July has helped soften the blow of having reduced hours since the beach opened during the last week of June, she said.

The Breeze reported in mid-June that North Providence was struggling to find enough lifeguards to open the beach for full hours, part of a national trend of communities and companies attracting applicants post-pandemic. The town also struggled to fill camp counselor positions this year, leading to the need for a limited capacity there as well.