Parking Fee FAQs
Why are parking fees going up?
To maintain current levels of services, Gateway must raise parking fees throughout the park for the first time in ten years. This increase will bring Gateway fees in line with fees charged at similar areas with similar amenities. Click here for more about the reasons behind this proposed increase.
What are the proposed fee increases?
When was the last fee increase?
In 2001, daily fees went up to $10 at Sandy Hook. In 2004, parking fees increased at Jacob Riis Park. Compare current and proposed fees here.
How many times have fees increased?
Fees have increased three times since 1983, when parking fees were first established at Gateway. The last fee increase at Sandy Hook was in 2001, ten years ago and in 2004 at Jacob Riis Park in Queens.
Why raise fees now, especially with the bad economy?
This is not a decision we take lightly. Gateway belongs to all Americans and must remain affordable to families and individuals. At the same time, our visitors expect and deserve clean and safe beaches. It is necessary to raise fees if services are to continue at current levels. Even with the increases, recreation at Gateway compares favorably with nearby areas offering similar services.
Are there any changes to parking pass benefits?
What has fee money been used for in the past?
Literally hundreds of projects were funded in full or in part with fee money. Here is a sample.
What would the increased revenue be used for?
The fee increase is necessary to maintain current levels of service, not to expand services. If there is any "extra" increase in revenue, it would go toward backlogged maintenance projects, such as repairs to historic buildings in the park.
What is the difference in prices and benefits with other surrounding beaches?
Can I still use my Senior Pass/ Access Pass/ America the Beautiful Pass?
Visitors with passes used for entrance fees for federal lands such as the Senior Pass, etc., will receive a 50% discount on parking fees, as they do now. (At parks with entrance fees, these federal passes give the holder free entrance. Remember that Gateway does not have entrance fees, only parking fees.)
What can I still do for free?
Plenty! At Sandy Hook, you can visit Fort Hancock, the Lighthouse, Guardian Park, Horseshoe Cove and fishing areas. Our interpretive programs, such as kayaking and sailing, are usually free. Entering the park is still free for those who walk or bike into the park.
I have some opinions about this! Who will listen to me?
Gateway wants to hear from you. You have the right under Federal law to make comment about a proposed fee increase. Please e-mail us your comments to us between now and Friday, September 30, 2011. Gateway welcomes public comments and will consider all of them before making a final decision.
Did You Know?
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