"I look forward to bringing my kids down there come Memorial Day," said Kevin Olvany, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Manager.
It's good news for beach goers who had a short summer last year thanks to black "tar balls" found on the beach. Canandaigua Lake Watershed Manager, Kevin Olvany says 5,000 tons of material was removed though they found not all of it was contaminated.
"Based on the chemistry professors' research was that it was a crankcase oil or lubricating oil dating back to the 1920s for vintage vehicles based on the chemical analysis," said Olvany.
Olvany says the project, that began last October, was a great success and partnership between the state and local level; a new beach that is safer than ever.
"We put new beach sand, beach quality sand there, to make sure from the original clay layer all the way up to the surface is now all clean sand," said Olvany.
Once the State Department of Health officially signs off on the project, the beach is good to go.
The project cost the city about $60,000 for materials, labor and equipment. The DEC ended up spending $500,000 for the cleanup.