Bender Park Beach Reopens
Beach was shut down the last week of June due to elevated levels of E. coli, but problems at Bender Park remain.
The Bender Park beach has reopened after it was shut down due to high levels of E. coli.
Oak Creek Health Officer Judi Price said E. coli test results were lower to the point that the health department could reopen the beach. The Oak Creek and South Milwaukee health departments monitor the water and test it each day, with results available the following day.
The beach closed during the last week of June, just as a heat wave settled in and brought 90- to 100-degree temperatures nearly every day.
Bender Park still isn't without its problems, however. There are still large amounts of algae near the beach's shores, which officials say can only be cleared up with a change in weather, and the county also needs to re-dredge the area near the boat launch.