Committees: Trustees of the Bathing Beach
2013 Annual Report
The Trustees met monthly through 2013. Many of our meetings were held jointly with the Harbor Development Committee to help advance shared interests/concerns.
We would like to thank the Hingham DPW for their efforts in grading and reshaping the beach for the 2013 season after the significant storm events of the winter of 2012-2013 which took a serious toll on the beach and the parking lot.
In the Spring, we hired the engineering team of Beals & Thomas and Polaris Engineering to study and design beach stabilization methods for the revetment area protecting the Grove area of the bathing beach and to ensure the preservation/stabilization of the parking lot. We thank Town Engineer Roger Fernandes for his efforts in working with us on this process.
In September, the Trustees filed an application with the Community Preservation Committee for $100,000 in CPC funding to extend the armor stone revetment protecting the Grove area. This area is now characterized by the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation in failing condition.
The Trustees also issued an RFP for the conversion of the existing bath house into a bath house/snack shop to be run and financed by an independent operator. We thank Town Engineer Roger Fernandes, Town Special Counsel Susan Murphy and Assistant Town Administrator Betty Foley for their efforts in the RFP process.
We would like to thank all the lifeguards and personnel who helped make our past season so successful and for helping our residents enjoy everything the beach has to offer.
On Saturdays during the season, the bathing beach parking lot is the home of the Hingham Farmer's Market. In 2013, the market was fully booked with 35-40 vendors each weekend selling area based products.
Beach Use Permit Application (pdf, 160k)