Sylvan Beach gears up for sun, fun

Published May 24, 2018 at 4:10pm

SYLVAN BEACH — Swimmers and sunbathers ready for some sun and fun are expected to hit the beach at the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day Weekend.

Mayor Gregory R. Horan said there are new things happening on the lake and lakefront this season, as well as some old favorite events making a comeback.

DiCastro’s Private Beach Club is now open for business, and the mayor said the facility will host its first wedding on June 9.

The Gatsby-inspired venue, located at 301 Park Ave., boasts a 600 square-foot terrazzo dance floor and 1930s DJ booth.

Also new, East Coast Watercross will host jet ski races on Oneida Lake the weekend of June 30 and July 1.

Then comes the traditional favorite events like the farmers market, New York Outdoor Volleyball Association (NOVA) tournament on June 2 and 3, Chalk Walk, Classic Car Cruise nights and Bikes at the Beach.

“Our regular stuff, we’re working pretty hard to get the beach ready to go for,” Horan said. “We’re still working with Oneida County” as for having no lifeguards on duty at the beach.

He said, “We posted signs at the beach, ‘Swim at your own risk, no lifeguard on duty,’ which is new this year. The beach will definitely be open this weekend.”

Also back this year will be Pirates Weekend.

“Pirates Weekend will be July 19-22, and we’re adding more people to the parade this year,” the mayor said. “That event just keeps growing. It’s turned out to be a real attraction.”

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park will also be open.

“Crews are putting rides together now, painting and getting things cleaned up” from the winter months, Horan said. According to the website, www.sylvanbeachamusementpark.com, opening day for the park will be Friday from 6-10 p.m. Hours will resume on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 10 p.m., and on Memorial Day, hours will be noon to 8 p.m.

And as started last summer, Horan said there will be a continued presence of security out on the beach.

“We plan to continue with our security efforts,” he said. “We are contracted with GT Cornerstone, a security company out of Boonville, and they will have a presence on the beach starting Memorial Day Weekend. We’ve also contracted with Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, so we’ll have two officers that the village will be paying for, out on the beach on the weekends, at least through July 4. We want to ensure people can come enjoy themselves and that everyone stays safe.”