WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) – The state plans to spend $5 million to give Horseneck State Beach in Westport a face-lift, including building a new administration building and lifeguard facilities at the popular summer spot, a state official said.

Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Stephen Burrington said the work on the beach would begin in the fall. The department expects to complete the work in one year.

Burrington said most of the current beach facilities date back to the 1950s, when “cars and concrete were king.”

For beach-goers, there will be new showers and rest rooms, including satellite comfort stations so people at the beach won’t have to walk very far. A portion of the parking lot will be replaced by benches, walkways and shaded areas.

Elevated boardwalks will be built to provide access over dunes, and to protect the dunes and the plants and animals that live there.


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