Facilities spruced up and security systems upgraded
Mill Beach Access has received plenty of positive attention from the City of Brookings over the past couple of months.
The restroom there has been reopened, the entire area was cleaned up and the City’s camera system received an update, according to Jay Trost, City of Brookings Deputy Director of Public Works and Development Services.
“There has been a fair amount of damage in the past few years,” Trost said of the access area. “Damage to pumps, damage to infrastructure, things of that nature. And so we’ve had to close the restrooms on several occasions for major fixes.”
The area is considered a “hidden gem” in the City and gives visitors access to Mill Beach and a panoramic view of Macklyn Cove. There is an upper and a lower paved area for day-use parking with a restroom and two solid tables.
The City of Brookings is responsible for the upkeep of the access area for Mill Beach and the staff was directed by City Council to make necessary repairs and system upgrades.
“In an effort to try to keep that area safe and secure for the public the City Council gave us direction to basically do everything that we possibly can to make sure that we can keep it safe, secure and accountable,” Trost said. “We started with some basic things like cleaning it up, giving it a full overhaul, landscape the whole bit, redid it, power wash. Get everything to a point where it’s nice.”
In the past couple of months, City staff has been diligently working on the area and bolstering security.
A bright yellow sign alerts visitors that “these premises are under CCTV surveillance.”
Trost said the upgrades will give City officials more tools to help keep visitors safe and hopefully deter people from damaging the area.
“Our issues are obviously magnified in the summer because it’s a place that people want to go,” he said. “It is not as utilized in the winter. We are looking forward to seeing how it all works out.”
The City of Brookings Mill Beach Access is at the end of Macklyn Cove Drive. According to the City’s website, its hours are a half-hour before sunrise to midnight each day.