SAVE OCEAN BEACH, INC.
Save Ocean Beach Mission Statement:
The mission of the Save Ocean Beach organization is to encourage and support those activities that will further enhance, protect, and preserve its beloved Ocean Beach Park, and to assure that present and future generations will have the continued opportunity to enjoy the open space, beauty and wonders of Ocean Beach Park, in years to come.
History of Save Ocean Beach:
“From the devastation of the 1938 hurricane, New London has created a magnificent new $3,000,000 recreation beach for the pleasure, health, and relaxation of all those who can take advantage of its numerous facilities. The City of New London invites you to share in the enjoyment of this modern bathing park.” Ocean Beach Park Board, 1940
In the winter of 1995 a small number of spirited citizens met to share their concerns about the future of their beloved beach, Ocean Beach Park. The appropriately named organization, Save Ocean Beach questioned the alternatives that were being offered at the time, regarding the long term operation and development of the beach. Initially, it was the proposal of privatization, and possibly the loss of public access to the beach that pressed the group into action. Feeling the urgent need to safeguard the future of the beach, members of the grassroots organization immediately took the initiative to publicly address their concerns. They pressed to ensure that the public interest in the park was being protected and to maintain the park as public free space for everyone to enjoy.
Save Ocean Beach was incorporated in November 1999, as a non-stock, no-profit corporation under the laws of Connecticut and subsequently received a determination from the Internal Revenue Service that the organization was exempt from federal income tax under the section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code as a section 501 (c)(3) organization. In addition, the Save Ocean Beach logo was trademarked in July 2012.
Throughout the years the park has been in the process of various restoration efforts, thanks to the cooperative efforts of the City of New London, Ocean Beach Park Management (Centerplate), Save Ocean Beach organization, and many interested individuals who support the efforts with volunteer services. Save Ocean Beach has made a significant investment in improvements to the park since their inception. Improvements by the Save Ocean Beach group have been made in key areas of the park including:
- Installed an Observation Platform and Nature Trail along Alewife Cove from the Observation Platform to Highland Avenue. The group later planted trees along the Gateway Garden area of the Nature Trail, installed granite benches along the Nature Trail as well as an Osprey Platform in the Nature Trail area.
- Installed the Children's Playscape in 2001 including construction and installation of a shade shelter and installation of new fencing around the playground.
- Installed the Children's Spraypark in 2004 including installation of granite benches and installation and landscaping of a walkway between the Spraypark and the Children's Playground.
- Assisted in raising over $60,000 on the "Buy a Board" program to rebuild the Boardwalk
- Installed brick pavers in a Whale shape at the Pedestrian Gate in 2010
- Installed benches on the Boardwalk from 2009 to present.
- Installed lattice panels under Porticos on boardwalk.
- Installed cement handicap ramp to Picnic Area restrooms.
- Installed new water saver plumbing fixtures in the Pavilion restrooms, Main restrooms and Picnic Area area restrooms, as well as the Port 'n' Starboard, Sandbar Lounge, Nautilus Lounge, Employee restrooms and restrooms in the Swimming Pool area.
- Rebuilt the Lifeguard stands on the beach in 2012.
- Installed a Public Address (PA) System in 2014.
- Installed water saver Head and Foot Shower plumbing fixtures along the boardwalk in 2016.
- Installed Interpretive Signage at the Alewife Cove Nature Walk trail in 2018.
- Installed a Drainage Swale at the Alewife Cove Naturewalk Trail in 2018.
- Refurbished picnic tables and installed a concrete pad to house 12 picnic tables adjacent to the Children's Playground.
- Performed annual Spring and Fall cleanups
- Hosted annual Childrens Programs as well as Environmental Education Programs (A Living Museum, A Beach Experience) during the summers.
Money is raised for our various projects with the annual Save Ocean Beach Craft and Tag Sale Fundraiser held in May each year, the selling of our various
merchandise, along with a print of the old Clock Tower, which was done by Lou Bonamarte, a local painter and with public donations.
Over the years we have received monies and grants from the following local Foundations and Companies to help with our projects: Veolia Water Grants, The New London Rotary Club, the Loomis Palmer Fund, The Community Foundation of Southeastern CT, Chelsea Groton Bank, Charles Pfizer, Electric Boat Draftsmen, The Long Island Sound License Plate Fund and the Recreational Trails Program. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies helped with the rebuilding of the Boardwalk in 2007/2008. The Save Ocean Beach Group are always looking for new members who would like to join us to help improve the Park!
Ocean Beach Park
Located along the southern shore of New London, Connecticut, it is noted for its beautiful setting and scenic views of Long Island Sound and provides public accessibility for a wide variety of recreational opportunities, for people of all ages. Ocean Beach Park has essential habitats and breeding grounds, for a large diversity of wildlife which are found amid the fragile ecosystems of its sandy shore, dunes, and surrounding bodies of water. The park is a designated public access site that is open throughout the year for the enjoyment of the local and visiting population.