- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Opening of New Comfort Station at Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
Salisbury — Today, during a special ribbon cutting ceremony, the Baker-Polito Administration highlighted the opening of a new comfort station at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Located along W Street in the Town of Salisbury, the $2.8 million comfort station construction project, which replaces an outdated bathhouse, was overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and will provide campers with important bathhouse amenities during the peak visitor season.
“The Baker-Polito Administration continues to prove its dedication to enhancing the Commonwealth’s state parks in hopes of providing excellent outdoor recreational opportunities for all,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy. “The DCR is pleased to unveil the new comfort station facility within the Salisbury Beach campground for all campers and beach goers to utilize for years to come.”
Details of the new W Street comfort station include:
- ADA compliant;
- Increased bathroom space with showers;
- An outdoor rinse station;
- A bottle filling station with filtered water;
- A dog watering station;
- An outdoor shade structure; and,
- A campsite store.
The building was expertly constructed to withstand extreme weather conditions. Stainless steel fasteners accompany all wood fixtures and railings, while a standing seam roof was installed to endure dangerous wind conditions.
“The comfort station is essential to ensure visitors return to Salisbury Beach each summer and I am thrilled to see the completion of this project,” said State Representative James Kelcourse (R-Amesbury). “The Baker-Polito administration and DCR have been a tremendous support to complete necessary upgrades to Salisbury Beach.”
Situated along the coast at the mouth of the Merrimack River, DCR’s Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers 484 campsites with water and electrical hookups, comfort stations and a playground. It is one of the busiest DCR properties with over one million visitors annually. Nearly 34,000 people camped at Salisbury Beach last season, and remains one of the largest campgrounds that the agency operates.
Furthermore, over the last three years the Baker-Polito Administration has invested close to $6 million dollars in the Salisbury Beach State Reservation facilities in an effort to make them more accessible and functional for the general public. Work started in 2015 when DCR implemented an electrical upgrade of the entire campground. Then in 2016, DCR upgraded the entire waste disposal system. Currently, the DCR is improving the entry to the campground, with additional lanes to expedite check in, and a new, accessible contact station, which will likely be completed later this year.
For information regarding the DCR’s coastal and inland beaches and campgrounds across the Commonwealth, please visit the agency’s webpage.