For a number of years, the Friends have worked with our elected state delegation to secure funding for removal and disposal of the algae that washes ashore. Before our active involvement, the algae would pile onto the beach and emit an odor as it decomposed. While occasionally there is still an odor, it has vastly improved. The naturally-occurring algae is removed and composted at a facility in New Hampshire.
Since 2012, the Friends have provided over $20,000 in funding to the Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant to bring marine science programming to elementary schools in Lynn. In addition, the Friends have provided scholarships for Lynn students to attend the North Shore Marine Science Symposium and attendance at the Center’s summer camp.
The Friends have worked with our elected state delegation for dedicated funding for grass cutting, sprinkler maintenance, and flower planting. The Nahant rotary and landscape have never looked better.
For over 25 years, the Friends have organized summer concerts at Red Rock Park. The concert series begins on July 3rd and continues for the following seven Thursday nights. Beginning in 2010, we added a Kids Day concert and fun day. Each year, we attract thousands to the park.
The Friends helped secure over $10 million in state funding to rehabilitate the Nahant Causeway and construct the Halfway Bathhouse, which is located approximately half-way down Nahant Beach Reservation. The Bathhouse includes bathrooms and changing rooms. The Causeway rehabilitation also included the creation of dunes along the beach.
A recent major accomplishment for the Friends with the $628,000 renovationto the Ward Bathhouse and re-opening of it after it was closed for a number of years and the $20 million reconstruction of the Nahant Causeway and improvements to Nahant Beach.
There were various dedications of Interpretive Signs around the area, that would not have been able to happen without help from local brothers Douglas Maitland and Duncan Maitland. See the linked documents below for more information.