File Photo of Bay Beach – Summer of 2019
(CKTB Radio 610)

New Bay Beach Gets Positive Reviews

“Town of Fort Erie officials say Bay Beach improvements paid off.

More than $428,000 was raised through entrance and parking fees at the Lake Erie beach last summer.

Officials say over 95,000 guests visited the beach, and a survey of 825 people yielded positive reviews about the beach’s cleanliness, new washroom facilities, and rules of enforcement.

Some of the changes made to the beach last summer, including the entrance fees, were widely criticized.

This coming season, the town is implementing several new programs including a non-resident season pass for short term rental owners and a seasonal parking pass for beach goers who want to park on the street at Crystal Beach.”

(Shelby Knox, Newstalk CKTB)

We knew it all along! Yes, many of us knew that saving our public beachfront lands would give the community the great public beach it deserved at Crystal Beach. Although located in what is called Bay Beach, it is part of the pristine beach that became famous and continues to draw thousands each summer. And now, we have much to be proud of as the New Bay Beach opened in late May of this year and has been busy with visitors all summer. Thanks to grants, town funding and community efforts, visitors found clean new washrooms; picnic areas; handicapped access mats on the beach; a pavilion and observation rest areas. The Ridgeway Lions completed a three year fund drive to install a brand new playground with kid-chosen features on the beach front area that is open to the public. The beach itself had an entrance fee for out-of-town visitors, whereas local residents were able to purchase season passes. 

The reason for the survey was to gauge public opinion on rule changes and parking arrangements. As indicated in the article, some adjustments will be made for next season.

Third Annual Spreading Christmas Cheer Draws a Large Crowd

Tables Were All Ready For Dinner Guests

Early Tuesday morning, on December 3, 2019, members of the Ridgeway Lions and helpers assembled at the Crystal Ridge Community Centre to begin preparing a sumptuous roast beef dinner with all the trimmings for the hungry crowd that was expected later that day,

About the same time, Friends of Crystal Beach event coordinator Gayle Martineau arrived with her helpers to decorate the hall; set the tables; and take care of all the details of the event that started three years ago when cold weather forced a traditional carol sing to move indoors from Queens Circle in Crystal Beach. Since then, the event has featured the beautiful voices of the Trinity Choir to help everyone get in the mood for another Christmas Season. There were numerous door prizes and fabulous decorations to brighten the evening. The turn-out was great; the plates were piled high with roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, and vegetables. There was a beautiful salad with a bun and a choice of pie for dessert. There were even tasty suckers placed on specially folded table napkins. Between the Lions and the Friends of Crystal Beach, everything was perfect.

Ridgeway Lions and the FOCB Team Up Again to Provide Community Dinner December 21

Once again, the Ridgeway Lions and the Friends of Crystal Beach are teaming up to provide a free turkey dinner to the community on Saturday, December 21 at the Crystal Ridge Community Centre.

The Lions will once again perform cooking and serving of the community meal, while the FOCB provided the funds for the food. It has been a tradition to serve the community this special meal and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a great meal and fellowship with neighbours and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Friends of Crystal Beach


President … Don Lubberts

Vice President … Gayle Martineau

Secretary/Treasurer … Sharon Bowers

Director ,,, Ruth Bruyns

Director … Jim Merrick

Director … Ray Rivard