Swimmable Action Day is Sunday Celebrate Clean Water With the South River Federation
Join the South River Federation for Swimmable Action Day, this Sunday at Mayo Beach Park in Edgewater. The fun starts at 9 a.m. The event is part of Swimmable Waters in the Chesapeake Bay. Swimmable Waters Action day is part of a larger celebration going on with Waterkeeper Alliance around the United States.
SRF invites you out to celebrate swimming and/or kayaking on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Canoes and kayaks are available for rental by the hour through Annapolis community boating. Sign up to attend or rent a kayak or canoe here.
Sarah Boynton of the South River Federation said via email, “this is a great opportunity to explore and relax on a beach that is not normally open for public swims.”
Mayo Beach Park is owned by the people of Anne Arundel County and operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks since 1976. It is only open to windsurfers ($45/season), car-launched boats and those who rent the facility out for events.
From the 1800s to the 1960s, the beach and pavillion was privately-owned. It was particularly a hot spot in the 1930s to the 1950s, when cars allowed people to easily get from DC and Baltimore to Anne Arundel County to enjoy a day on the Chesapeake Bay.
The 1952 opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which disallowed excluding African Americans and Jews from public beaches, marked the beginning of the end for Mayo Beach Park and its private owners. The beach closed to the public.
The county acquired the property in the mid-1970s, and aside from a few “public days,” it has not opened to the public at large again.
That’s a shame really, the white sand beach is completely natural and makes a wonderful spot for playing in the Bay. The next closest public beach access—Chesapeake Beach, North Beach or Breezy Point—are in Calvert County.
Anyway, if you bring your own boat, get back to the beach by 12:30 p.m., there is another party coming at 1 p.m.
What to bring: Picnic lunch, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, plenty of water and a towel. The event is being brought to you by the South South River Federation, Anne Arundel Recreation & Parks, and Annapolis community boating!
The focus of Swimmable Action Day is to encourage people to celebrate the right to clean, swimmable waters and to promote the importance of the Clean Water Act, established in October 1972 after the House and Senate overrode a veto by then-President Richard Nixon (R).
To help people know where to swim, the Waterkeeper Alliance created the Swim Guide, available online and as a smart phone app. For millions of water-loving citizens, the guide will help you find the perfect stretch of sand and water.