Ice Boom Beach
Now that there are negotiations in the works to free up waterfront property surrounding the Coast Guard, maybe itâ€™s time to look (harder) at another property that continues to elude us. Itâ€™s the sprawling beach located in-between the Outer Harbor nature trail and Times Beach Nature Preserve. This is where the ice boom is stored â€“ a parcel of property that becomes more and more attractive every day.
There have been talks about moving the ice boom in the past. The best part about the idea (in my eyes) is that the property is already to go for a second use. Itâ€™s a natural beach tucked between two outcrops that protect is from the weather. Itâ€™s actually an idyllic setting other than the monster-sized floating boom that looks like a bunch of torpedoes washed ashore. I asked around a bit to see what sort of alternative locations had been proposed and received answers ranging from floating barge recovery to sites at Bethlehem Steel.
If this property was ever freed up for public use, an idea could be to claim the rear of the property as an extension of Times Beach Nature Preserve. It would be easy enough to add a boardwalk trail through the middle of that addition that would lead beach-goers to the waterâ€™s edge. That would entail letting natural growth to take hold while adding a boardwalk. And, of course, removing the ice boom to a less desirable location. I would imagine that the benefit of doing this would certainly outweigh the cost and effort.