Orange Beach / Gulf State Park Reach Agreement for Free Resident Access to Online Parking Kiosks | Baldwin County Alabama News
If you plan to go to a Gulf State Park beach, you will now need to pay to park. Its new parking terminals were put online on Friday 23 April 2021 and will be operational all year round. Gulf State Park and the City of Orange Beach have reached an agreement allowing Orange Beach residents to park for free.
Orange Beach has been distributing free parking passes to its citizens since last Thursday. To be eligible, you must have a valid driver’s license showing your address within city limits. The pass is valid for all six state park access points. The city has already provided lifeguards and basic cleaning services in areas of the park, but will provide more with the new agreement.
“What’s going to happen now, we’ve expanded our rescuers. We will continue to do our beach grooming. We’re going to do more with the garbage removal and finally now we’re getting into the maintenance so the city can do it a little faster, a little more efficient with a dollar for dollar reimbursement for time and cost. materials, ”said Ken Grimes, administrator of the City of Orange Beach.
It’s a deal that the city, Gulf State Park, and residents of Orange Beach believe is mutually beneficial.
“I think it’s fair and we support everything in the city. We support footprints and things like that, and Orange Beach does a really good job of upkeep, ”said Lebron Creech, Orange Beach resident. “I know they pick up a lot of debris that they shouldn’t have to.”
Here’s a breakdown of the parking options:
FEES for personal vehicles
$ 3 – 2 hours
$ 5 – 4 hours
$ 10 – all day
FEES for other vehicles
$ 15 – all day for passenger vans
$ 30 – all day for buses or large RVs
Special passes *
$ 100 – Annual parking sticker
FREE – Annual Pass for Veterans
* These passes must be obtained at the Gulf State Park main office and expire on December 31 of each year.
People visiting the beach on Monday said the prices seemed fair.
“Yes. It’s definitely a good deal for us,” said Landon Alexander of Virginia. “We’ll do it again.”
“So I’m from New York, so for me it’s very cheap,” Vinay Rao said. “I’m on vacation. It’s like five bucks for four hours. It’s pretty good.”
Gulf State Park officials have said the money spent on parking will be reinvested in the park to help with maintenance and other long-term improvements.
“There are also opportunities for expansion,” said Gary Ellis, director of Gulf State Park. “There are toilets that are being considered for some of the facilities, the access points. There are areas of trail expansion.
Those who fish at the Gulf State Park Pier will not have to pay to park and pay to fish. They have to tear off the bottom of the full day’s parking receipt and present it to the dock to cover your day of fishing. Each vehicle receives only one pass.
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