Restoration Complete: New Crisfield Beach To Reopen - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Restoration Complete: New Crisfield Beach To Reopen

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CRISFIELD, Md. - Summer is almost in full swing and Crisfield parents and kids are heading out to the beach to catch some rays and play some volleyball.

"We used to come out here every single day last summer,": said Crisfield resident Katrina Smith.

But what now seems like a normal small-town community beach didn't look like this just a few months ago. At the end of October, Superstorm Sandy unleashed her fury on the city of Crisfield, destroying many homes and businesses and washing away the community's beach.

"All of the sand was gone," said Billie Jo Chandler, Crisfield Beach Committee. "All of the grass was up on the beach."

Chandler and volunteers cleaned up the debris. Then, they dumped two acres worth of sand back on the property and rebuilt park benches and the pirate ship slide. Later, Chandler renamed the area Wellington Beach and Park after Wellington Tawes, who donated the land to the city 60 years ago.

Repairs cost the beach committee just $4,500 this year thanks to donators, which Chandler says made up 90 percent of the work.

"We knew we had a lot of work cut out for us this coming season," said Chandler.

But they finished the job, a bright spot in what has been a tough year for Crisfield.

The Wellington Beach and Park will re-open this Sunday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 PM.

There will also be a Jewelry Treasure Hunt. To participate, they're asking for a $10 donation, which will go back to the beach restoration fund.

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