Crossover 1 will be closed 2/20 and 2/21 due to construction. Crossover 2 will be opened during the closure for access to the drive-on portion of the beach.
There are many reasons to love Duxbury Beach. While we may have different reasons, we all agree that it is vital to keep the beach protected so we and future generations can enjoy it. Show how much you care this Valentine’s Day by supporting the restoration projects that keep it strong and healthy. Click here to donate and support Duxbury Beach Reservation’s work to protect and preserve Duxbury Beach.
With about 600 feet to go until Crossover 1, we are getting close to completing sand installation on the dune! Next week sand hauling and grading will take place Tuesday through Friday. Installation of sand fencing, grass planting, and work on the crossovers will continue as sand placement on the dune finishes up in the next few weeks.
The Duxbury Beach Reservation (DBR) is gearing up for its next big project – celebrating its 100-year anniversary! Since 1919, the Reservation has been dedicated to preserving and protecting the precious natural resources of Duxbury Beach and it is time to celebrate!
This year the Reservation wants to celebrate the amazing dedication, ingenuity, and tireless efforts of all those who has supported DBR – as donors, volunteers, partners, trustees, and directors – over the past 100 years. Starting with a special 100-year logo, the Reservation plans on celebrating year-long. Stay tuned for special anniversary swag, contests, education events, and a big celebration to cap it off!
Keep an eye out for announcements because we will be looking for beach photos from the 20s, 30s, 40s…up to today, your favorite beach stories and memories, and more. So start sorting through your old Duxbury Beach photos and pull out your nicest flip flops because we want to hear from everyone, what makes Duxbury Beach special to them!
Together we can celebrate and plan for the next 100 years. Preserve, Protect, Enjoy!
Dune Restoration Update: Due to the extreme cold temperatures, work is on hold and will resume next week, Tuesday-Friday. Hopefully some milder temps will speed up work and move us close to finishing the sand installation part of the project.
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Thanks to the efforts of drone operator, Adam Bolonsky, we are getting a new look at the beach! This will help us better understand how the beach is changing and where work needs to be done. Plus, it is a fun chance to see the beach from a new angle.
Check out the video below, taken at the south end of Duxbury Beach. You will get a great look at some projects that the Duxbury Beach Reservation has done in past years and a little lesson in what NOT to do!
From 1888 until 1919, plans were in motion to divide Duxbury Beach into 200 house lots. This would have resulted in a very different Duxbury Beach today! Many Duxbury families were concerned about the changes and feared Duxbury Beach would become the next Revere Beach or Coney Island. This forward-thinking group raised enough money to purchase Duxbury Beach and thus the Duxbury Beach Association was formed! This was when the mission of Duxbury Beach Reservation truly began.
November 29, 1919 – Frederick S. Pratt, who led the charge in the purchase of Duxbury Beach for the Association, transferred beach title to Duxbury Beach Association, a common law trust. However, it was a short-lived victory. In 1920 the state attempted to take the beach from the Association. Fortunately, in December 1922, the Massachusetts Land Court confirmed the Duxbury Beach Association’s title to the property.
When the Association took ownership of the beach there were many squatters’ shacks and gunning stands on the property. Dealing with rent, tax, and title issues was an ongoing challenge during the 1920s and into the early 1930s. Finally in 1932 the Land Court issued the Association full registered title to the entire 4 mile stretch of beach it had purchased 13 years earlier. During this time the Association also purchased the marshes adjoining Duxbury Beach.
As the popularity of the beach increased in the 1930s, the Association paid for the construction of two parking lots at the east end of the Powder Point Bridge – one for Duxbury Residents and one for the public. The town agreed to police the parking lots, and this began the traditional division of responsibility between the owners of the beach and the town.
The early 1930s also saw the Association’s first attempts at erosion control – erection of sand fence and the use of old bridge planks donated by the town. From 1933 to 1934, the Association was able to purchase beachfront in the town of Plymouth from the Duxbury line to the Gurnet, plus large tracks of marshland. Beach maintenance work continued into the 40s and in 1941 the Pavilion was constructed.
While access and facilities had been improved to meet public demand, this proved somewhat ill-timed due to US involvement in WWII beginning in 1941. Duxbury Beach Park was not operated at all during the summers of 1944 and 1945 due to a drastic decrease in demand. With gas rationed, getting to the beach proved a luxury for most. Despite the decrease in recreation during this time, the beach was still abuzz with activity. In 1942 the Association granted rights of beach access to the federal government so the U.S. Army could guard the coast. The army dug trenches, built gun emplacements, and conducted practice maneuvers on the beach.
Meanwhile, the State continued with efforts to take over the beach several times, including in 1935, 1949, and 1950. With town backing, the Association was successful in maintaining title of the beach.
Once recreation picked back up, recreational driving increased in popularity, especially in the 1960s and led to severe deterioration of the beach. The Association knew something had to be done!
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s many changes took place on Duxbury Beach to help slow the impacts to the beach due to recreation – patrols increased, fencing to restrict pedestrians and cars went up, erosion control efforts continued and the town lease of a portion of the property was established.
In 1975, the Beach Association decided that a more permanent organization was needed to manage the beach. The Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. was thus formed, and the five or so remaining families who owned the beach transferred ownership to the new, nonprofit Massachusetts charitable organization.
Just like those 18 families in 1919, the Reservation’s mission is the restoration and preservation of Duxbury Beach. To this day the Duxbury Beach Reservation takes this mission very seriously and strives ceaselessly to continue the tradition of Preserve, Protect, Enjoy!
This fall, beach operations on the town-leased portion of Duxbury Beach transferred from the Harbormaster Department to the Police Department. To stay up to date on closures, stickers, bridge work, etc., make sure to follow @DPD_Beach_Ops on Twitter!
Duxbury Beach Reservation has begun construction of a dune restoration project between the first and second crossovers on the east and west sides of the oceanside dune on Duxbury Beach. This portion of the beach is one of the narrowest sections of the barrier beach and suffers from increased wave energy during normal and storm conditions. Restoration work will strengthen the entire barrier beach by adding sand to a sediment-starved system and protecting the beach from breaching in this area.
With finalized plans in place, the Reservation is working with SumCo Eco Contracting and environmental engineering firm, Woods Hole Group, to implement the project. Preparatory work began on the site on Wednesday, 12/12/18, to fix the road between Blakeman’s and the Resident Parking Lot so that machinery and trucks of sand could begin accessing the beach beginning Monday, 12/17/18.
Other prep work includes removing the snow fencing and wooden posts along the front of the oceanside dune, fixing parts of the road north of the bridge, and removing the electronic sticker system at the crossovers. The next step will be to furnish and place sand to raise and widen the entire dune in this area. Once sand is placed, fencing and beach grass will be reestablished to protect and strengthen the dune.
Along with the dune work, the first and second crossovers will also be raised to ensure continuity with the new dune elevation. This is important so as not to create a wind tunnel or low point for water to breach through.
The project will require the cooperation of Marshfield, Duxbury and Plymouth residents as well as any visitors to Duxbury Beach and Gurnet and Saquish. The back road and crossovers of Duxbury Beach may be temporarily closed or have delayed access dependent on work being performed. This will limit access to the beach for permit holders and travel to Gurnet and Saquish. It is vital that work crews are able to work quickly and efficiently as all construction must cease on the beach by April 1st to ensure compliance with regulations protecting nesting shorebirds.
The project has been designed to provide erosion control, buffer storm surge, and protect critical habitat for wildlife. Completion of this project will bolster the ability of Duxbury Beach to protect the communities behind it, particularly in the face of sea level rise and increased storm impacts. Although some of the added sand will be sacrificial, it will play an important role in protecting the dune during storms and will shift to the nearshore and down the beach to continue its work.
To stay up to date on the project progress and any necessary restrictions or closures on the beach, follow the Duxbury Beach Reservation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@duxburybeachreservation). Looking for more detail on Duxbury Beach happenings? Sign up for the DBR mailing list on the website (http://www.duxburybeach.com/learn-more/) to receive email updates and newsletters.
Need a quick run down of the project’s beginnings, aims, and impacts? Check out the project overview:
DUNE RESTORATION UPDATE: The Duxbury Beach back road between Blakeman’s and the north end of the Resident Parking Lot will be TEMPORARILY CLOSED from 9AM-4PM TOMORROW, Wednesday 12/12, to make necessary repairs to the road before the dune restoration work can begin. Work may need to continue on the road on Thursday which would require further closures. An update will be posted tomorrow afternoon.
Prep work will also begin at the 2nd Crossover tomorrow and Thursday. Please respect work areas and closures as we work to restore this vulnerable section of the beach. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on work progress and beach use restrictions.