The Compo Beach pavilion — the brick structure next to the bathhouses and Joey’s by the Shore, popular with picnickers, people-watchers and photographers — is off-limits for a few days.
Westport’s Parks and Recreation Commission heeded the report of consultant Jim DeStefano that damage to the pavilion — from age and storms — made it unsafe.
It’s been blocked off with security tape. On Monday, work begins on a new roof. It’s expected to take 5 days — just in time for the surge of July 4th weekend beachgoers.
“We’re sensitive that the pavilion is in a historic district,” says Parks and Rec Commission chair Charlie Haberstroh.
He noted that there will be no changes to the structure itself. The roof was last replaced in 1988.
“We’re being very careful not to touch any walls,” Haberstroh says.
Parks and Rec may provide canopies or umbrellas for shade during the project.
Joey’s (and the lockers and restrooms) will remain open throughout.