On a 25 degree Friday in January, maybe your mind was drifting to thoughts of one of the wonderful summertime days we have here on the North Shore.
So it makes sense that the Trustees of Reservations announced Friday that sales of Crane Beach parking permits are beginning for the 2013-14 season.
A 2013–2014 Crane Beach parking permit sticker will allow Trustees members - and everyone in their vehicle- to park at Crane Beach for no additional charge from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014.
The "early bird" price of $55 is "a significant savings for frequent beach visitors," the Trustees said.
The "early-bird" of $55 is available through March 15, 2013. After March 15, members can purchase a sticker for $80.
This is the third year of the Crane Beach parking permit sticker program. Last year, the early-bird price was $50.
On weekends during the summer, the Trustees charge $20 per car for members and $25 per car for non-members to park. So on the third visit, you can "break even" with the parking permit. On weekdays in the summer, the charge is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. After 3 p.m., all beach admission prices decrease by half.
“The beach sticker is the best deal of the summer; With a sticker, quick visits any day of the week are no longer out of the question," said Peter Pinciaro, Deputy Director for The Trustees’ Ipswich properties said in the announcement. "You can load up a car full of friends and family for a full day of sun or pop by for a quiet walk in dunes - the beach is your oyster.
To buy a sticker you must be a member of the Trustees of the Reservations. Membership in The Trustees starts at just $47 per year for individuals and $37 for students and seniors. Individual members may purchase one sticker.
Family membership is $67 and a contributing members make an $125 annual contribution. Both membership levels may purchase up to two stickers.
Supporting-level members, which comes with a $165 annual contribution, and above may request up to two stickers at no additional cost when they join or renew their membership.
In summary, for as little as $102 you can become a Trustees member and pay no additional admission fees at Crane Beach for an entire year.
The Trustees said that the parking pass does not guarantee parking, especially on busy weekends and holidays. The Trustees said they still recommend arriving early on weekends and holidays.
To buy a sticker, go to the Crane Beach website or call 978-921-1944, extension 8801.
Stickers bought before March 15 will rwill be mailed out in April permit stickers bought after March 15 can be picked up at the beach in May.