Gloucester beach parking reservation requirement comes into effect Memorial Day weekend
GLOUCESTER – Making beach plans for Memorial Day weekend? Anyone traveling to Gloucester by car will need to make an online reservation if they wish to park at the city’s popular beaches.
The Gloucester beach parking reservation requirement for non-residents comes into force on Saturday. The online system to reserve a parking pass for Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach and Stage Fort Park is up and running, as beachgoers can make a reservation 10 days in advance.
Day passes are usually sold at the entrance to beach car parks, but that won’t be an option this season. Gloucester Mayor Greg Vergathat the intention is to prevent a “traffic nightmare” during the beach season.
“We’re trying to streamline it to make their visit more enjoyable, as well as to make things better for locals,” Verga said. “If you’re a visitor who’s been driving on the freeway for an hour or more to get here and you roll the dice. It’s not a good feeling, I’m sure.”
Passes are available on the city’s website on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who obtain a pass will receive a QR code which they will show to beach staff upon arrival.
Car prices range between $20 and $35, depending on location and day of the week. There is no refund in case of bad weather.