Olympic National Park reopens Ruby Beach to the public


The Ruby Beach parking lot and access road to Olympic National Park have reopened after a three-month closure.

Ruby Beach closed to the public in June to allow for construction work. The reopened Ruby Beach features significant accessibility improvements, allowing visitors of all skill levels to better access and use parking areas, gazebos and facilities.

Olympic National Park officials said the Ruby Beach parking lot reopened to the public on September 14.

As part of this project, the Ruby Beach parking lot and its access road were graded and paved. Curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks and steps have been installed, making this popular beach access area safer for visitors and compliant with Architectural Barriers Act accessibility standards.

Work also included new signs, bike racks and pavement markings, as well as a new storm drainage system to reduce cliff erosion.

The nearby toilets were also painted and repaired as part of the project.

“We are very pleased to welcome visitors back to Ruby Beach, and appreciate their patience during the summer closure,” said Facilities Manager Lisa Turecek. “Olympic National Park is a place where everyone can experience and connect with nature. These new improvements to the Ruby Beach parking area, lookouts and trailhead will improve accessibility and help preserve this beautiful area.

The contract for this work was awarded to 2Grade Excavation & Development, of Port Angeles, Washington, for $910,985.

Ruby Beach, located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula, receives around 225,000 visitors a year. A path near the parking lot leads to the picturesque beach.


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