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Yes, parking spaces are guaranteed for non-residents with beach reservations.
Non-residents with reservations can arrive at any time between 8:00am and 5:00pm. They can also leave and return to the beach parking lot on the day of their reservation; this has been an existing policy.
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Non-residents are required to reserve a parking space on the City of Gloucester’s Yodel website for parking at Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, or Stage Fort Park. You can book your parking space up to 10 days in advance [Available starting 5/19/2022]Once on the Yodel website, you will be prompted to create an account or log in with Yodel. You will then select the date, category, automobile type, and beach for your visit from the listed options. You will need to enter the following vehicle information:
Then you will head to checkout and enter your payment information.
You will receive a confirmation email once your reservation is complete. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk/spam folder many of these emails tend to end up there.
You can download the Yodel app on your phone and log into your Yodel account; this app will sync with your reservation and serve as a digital wallet. You will need to create an account to link your passes, please ensure you enter a cell phone number when creating the account - if you check out as a guest the following will not work. To link your pass:
You can also print the confirmation email for your reservation to present at the beach parking gate for entry, although the fastest and most reliable methods for check-in are via the Yodel App or license plate.
The parking attendants will scan your license plate, QR code from the Yodel app, or your printed reservation for entry into the parking lot. For fastest processing, we suggest using the Yodel App or the license plate method, as printed reservations with an incorrect license plate may take additional time to process. If you need to use a printed confirmation, please be sure to have it ready at the gate.
Cash will no longer be accepted at the gate to pay for parking, all reservations must be purchased with a credit or debit card. Reservations will be required to enter the parking lot.
* Some special events may accept cash at the gate for parking
Non-residents are required to have a reservation to enter the parking lot. You can check the Yodel website upon arrival and try to make a reservation if a parking space is available. If a parking space is not available, you will be turned away at the gate.
Cash will no longer be accepted at the gate to pay for parking.
Reservations are non-refundable, transferrable, or cancellable under any circumstances, so visitors are encouraged to plan accordingly for weather or other unforeseen events.
You are required to complete the license plate field to finish your reservation. You can enter any characters to fill the field so that your purchase can be completed.
To ensure the simplest entry on the day of your reservation, please link your reservation with the Yodel app and present the reservation QR code at the gate to check-in. You will not need any license plate scan if you have the QR code in the app.
Below are the parking rates for Stage Fort Park, Good Harbor Beach, and Wingaersheek Beach:
Stage Fort Park
Good Harbor Beach/Wingaersheek
After 3:00pm there may be a discounted parking rate for Good Harbor and Wingaersheek Beaches at the discretion of our staff. Please check the Yodel website after 12:00pm for available afternoon parking spaces [only available day-of].
Good Harbor Beach/Wingaersheek
Yes, beach parking attendants will closely monitor space availability throughout the day and update the number of spaces available for purchase. As spaces become available, they will be released, and the Yodel website will be updated.
The Department of Public Works closely monitors the tides schedule and releases the appropriate number of spaces relative to the expected space on the beach. Please check the Yodel website regularly for updated availability of parking spaces.
Tide Information for Gloucester
The Yodel website updates availability in real time. If a beach displays a green “Available” on its pass, this means that parking is available. If it displays “Not Available” or "Sold Out", there is no parking currently available. Please refer solely to the Yodel website for this information, and do not call, email, or message the Department of Public Works, Facebook Pages, or other City personnel to ask about parking availability.
Reservations will be required from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The City of Gloucester’s Yodel website is scheduled to launch on May 19th, which will allow visitors to make reservations starting Memorial Day Weekend.
Gloucester residents without a beach sticker will be required to make a reservation through the Yodel website.