PORT ANGELES — The Ruby Beach parking area and access road at Olympic National Park has reopened after a three-month closure.
Ruby Beach reopened on Wednesday after it was closed to the public in June 2022 for construction work to upgrade accessibility.
The work was done by 2Grade Excavation & Development, LLC, of Port Angeles on a $910,985 contract.
The parking area and its access road were graded and paved. Curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks, and steps were installed to put it into compliance with Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards.
New signs, bike racks, and pavement markings were added. A newly installed storm drainage system aims to reduce bluff erosion. Additionally, nearby restrooms were painted and repaired.
“We are so happy to welcome visitors back to Ruby Beach, and we appreciate their patience during the summer closure,” Lisa Turecek, facility manager.
“Olympic National Park is a place for everyone to experience and connect with nature. These new improvements to the Ruby Beach parking area, overlooks, and trailhead will improve accessibility and help preserve this beautiful area.”
For more about Ruby Beach, which is located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula, see https://go.nps.gov/rubybeach.