Cape Cod Park Opening Delayed to June
For thousands of New England campers, the start of summer will be delayed until June 13, when Nickerson State Park’s camping sites on Cape Cod are scheduled to reopen.
The park’s 420 camping sites traditionally have been open by April 14, in plenty of time for the crush of the Memorial Day weekend holiday.
This year’s delay is due to a rescheduled $2.3 million infrastructure upgrade, according to the Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass. Come May, workers still will be burying the water pipes and power lines that serve the state’s most popular park, said state Department of Conservation and Recreation spokesman Wendy Fox.
The campground will reopen in two phases, with Areas 1 through 5 opening first. Areas 6, 6x, and 7 will reopen July 25. Reservations for those sites can be made starting Jan. 25.
The good news is that after the upgrade, electricity will be more dependable than in the past when storms downed wires. Also, showers and toilets will have better flow, said Fox. Water will be more reliable because the pipes will be connected to the Brewster municipal water system instead of the park’s own wells.
The camp is still open for noncamping activities.
In 2006, opening day was also delayed from its traditional April 14 starting date to Memorial Day while the park recovered from the damage caused by a violent wind storm and a fire. The park lost 10,000 trees in the Dec. 9, 2005, storm that saw winds in excess of 100 mph batter the Cape. The state spent $1 million to help clear trees and reconnect electricity.
A fire also leveled the contact station at the park entrance in August 2005. Park personnel rebuilt the station with the help of donated materials and volunteer labor.
In 2006, Reserve America, the company that handles campground reservations, recorded 11,000 calls from people attempting to reserve a site within the first 15 minutes the lines opened up.