Photo by Heather Middleton
By Joel Hall
With temperatures soaring through most of the summer, 'The Beach' at Clayton County International Park has been a respite for more than 50,000 people this year, according to park officials.
The observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 6, will officially mark the end of the 2010 season at The Beach. This weekend, the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate with music and fireworks prior to closing The Beach until next Memorial Day.
Clayton County International Park's Labor Day celebration will take place on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at the park, located at 2300 Ga. Highway 138, S.E., in Jonesboro., park officials said.
A disc jockey will perform on Saturday, Sept. 4, from noon to 7 p.m., and a fireworks display by Atlanta Pyrotechnics International, Inc., will take place later that evening at around 9 p.m.
Clayton County International Park Administrator Troy Stubbs said the recent heat wave, and recently-added amenities, have driven more individuals to The Beach and to the park this year. He said that while he expects attendance at the park this weekend to be high, Labor Day festivities have been rained out for the past two years.
"Our numbers are up with the new play features and [improvements to] the kiddie pool," he said. "When the weather is good, it's been a pretty productive weekend for us, especially with the fireworks on Saturday night, and then The Beach activities with the DJ. It's been a little hit or miss with the weather for the past few years. It rained last year and the year before that."
According to the National Weather Service's forecast for Jonesboro, the weather on Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 89 degrees.
Stubbs said the Labor Day weekend festivities serve as the last event of the summer for the Parks and Recreation Department. He said that after Monday, park officials will focus their attention on their fall and winter events, such as: The Festival and Barbecue Competition and Lake Spivey Road Race on Oct. 2; the Fall Festival and Haunted Trail toward the end of October; and the Festival of Trees and Lights in December.
After Labor Day, "We'll regroup and figure out how we can do better next year," he said.
International Park will be open from 8 a.m., to 9 p.m.. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Beach will be open from 10 a.m., to 7 p.m., on Saturday and Monday, and from 1 to 7 p.m., on Sunday.
On Saturday and Sunday, entrance to the park is free and entrance to The Beach is $11 for adults, $9 for children, ages four to 12; and free for children, three and under. Entrance to the park and The Beach on Monday is a flat rate of $10. For more information, call (770) 477-3766.