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Gloucester's beach parking reservation requirement takes effect Memorial Day weekend

Gloucester beachgoers will need parking reservations starting Memorial Day weekend
Gloucester beachgoers will need parking reservations starting Memorial Day weekend 00:34

GLOUCESTER - Making beach plans for Memorial Day weekend? Anyone driving to Gloucester will have to make an online reservation if they want to park at the city's popular beaches. 

Gloucester's beach parking reservation requirement for non-residents takes effect Saturday. The online system to book 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 have typically been sold at the entrance to beach parking lots but that will not be an option this season. Gloucester Mayor Greg Verga told WBZ-TV back in April that the intention is to prevent a "traffic nightmare" during beach season.

"We are trying to streamline it to make a more enjoyable visit for them, as well as make things better for the locals," Verga said. "If you are a visitor that has been driving on the highway for an hour or more to come here and you are basically rolling the dice. It's not a good feeling, I am sure."

The online beach parking reservation system for non-resident beachgoers is now open. Reservations are required starting...

Posted by Gloucester Beaches on Thursday, May 19, 2022

The passes are available on the city's website on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who get a pass will be sent a QR code that they show to beach staff when pulling in.

Car prices range between $20 and $35, depending on the location and day of the week. There are no refunds for bad weather. 

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