THE BRONX - Orchard Beach is open for the summer and cleaner than ever, according to the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.

The city says the beach, known as the Bronx Riviera to some residents, is violation-free as of last year. Officials also say the bacteria count is at an all-time low. The department credits hard-working cleaning crews with the change.

Some claim the beach wasn't always clean. "In years past, it was kind of rundown a little bit," said beachgoer Alex Belisle. "The playgrounds weren't kept up, there was more dirt on the beach."

A patron told News 12 The Bronx he found a hypodermic needle at Orchard Beach in 1999.

Other beachgoers say while needles aren't present anymore, the city could still do more to maintain the beach.

Related information:NYC Department of Parks & Recreation