Squibnocket Beach gets a makeover

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36 thousand beach grass culms (stems) were planted on Squibnocket Beach Friday. — Rich Saltzberg

The dramatic transformation of Squibnocket Beach in Chilmark continued on Friday with the planting of 36 thousand culms (stems) of beachgrass. A nine-person crew from Falmouth-based Clover Landscaping and Monument planted a swath of the grass on the portion of the beach nearest to Squibnocket Pond.

John Keene, general contractor for the Squibnocket Beach project, said his dump trucks have hauled 1,500 yards of rock and fill from Squibnocket, before depositing 3,500 yards of sand that had been dredged from the Menemsha channel and stockpiled at Peaked Hill. It took 200 trips for Keene dump trucks to transport the sand, Keene said.

On Monday morning, Keene crews were ripping up old asphalt and building a retaining wall for the new parking lot. The burgeoning wall will be composed of salvaged boulders, some recycled from the dismantled revetment.

Keene said his crews continue to adhere to an arduous timetable that projects laying asphalt on the new parking lot in the first week of May.