CHASKA, Minn. – City of Chaska officials announced today that the Clayhole Swim Beach at Firemen’s Park has reopened after two water quality tests showed that the E. coli level has dropped to a safe level for water recreation to resume.
“We’d like to thank the public for their understanding and patience,” Chaska Parks and Recreation Director Marshall Grange said. “We understand that closing the beach due to E. coli can be unsettling. After we saw the higher than normal reading, the samples we have taken since then have come back below our normal readings, so we are confident the beach is safe and ready to reopen.”
The City of Chaska regularly tests the water quality at Firemen’s Park Clayhole Swim Beach from June through August. The E. coli levels typically range from 30 to 35 organisms per 100 milliliters. Based on surrounding area beach standards, the Clayhole Swim Beach has one of the lowest E. coli levels.
While there was a higher than normal reading from a sample taken this past Monday, it was well below the threshold that most area beaches close.
The beach had been closed since Tuesday, July 9 when a water quality test showed a higher than normal E. coli level that dictated closing the beach as a precautionary measure.
As a part of reopening the swim beach, the Clayhole Concession stand at Firemen’s Park will have a special half-off sale on single- and double-scoop sundaes Friday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.