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Yes, the real-time check-in system gives parking attendants the most accurate occupancy numbers for the parking lots. Parking attendants will closely monitor space availability throughout the day and will use their discretion to release more spaces for purchase.
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Non-residents are required to reserve a parking space on the Blinkay mobile app or Blinkay 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 and are guaranteed a space for the reserved day at the selected beach.
On the Blinkay website, you will be prompted to create an account. Once you are logged in, you will enter your basic information and vehicle’s information.
You will need the following information for your vehicle:
Then you will select the beach, pass type, and date from the calendar. Finally, you will head to the checkout and enter your payment information. The process is similar on the Blinkay app! You will create an account or log into an existing account - logins work across both the web and mobile platforms. Then you will enter your information and vehicle information. Next, you will select the beach, pass type, and date of your visit.
Finally, you will enter your payment information and complete the checkout process.
You can download the Blinkay app on your mobile device in the App Store or Google Play Store.
You will receive two emails once you complete your reservation. The first is a reservation confirmation email, and the second is a receipt for your payment. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk/spam folder; many of these emails tend to end up there.
You can hold onto this confirmation email for your records.
The license plate reader cameras will be used to verify reservations at the gates and are the fastest and most reliable method to check in!
Please be sure to enter the correct license plate to ensure a smooth check-in at the gate.
You can print the confirmation email for your reservation for your record or to present at the beach parking gate if there is an issue verifying your reservation.
The process has been streamlined even more! License plates will be scanned through an automated plate reader. Parking attendants will verify reservations and wave you through once your reservation has been confirmed.
In the event that your plate is not scanned correctly or any other unforeseen issue, attendants will be able to verify your reservation through alternative means.
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.
Non-residents are required to have a reservation to enter the parking lot. If there is availability at the parking lot, attendants will share a QR code to the Blinkay website to purchase a reservation.
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 or cancellable under any circumstances, so visitors are encouraged to plan accordingly for weather or other unforeseen events.
Reservations can be transferred to another license plate through the Blinkay website or mobile app. Once you purchase a reservation, you simply click on your receipt and then click on the pencil next to the plate number, and it will allow you to change the license plate information.
You are required to complete the license plate field to finish your reservation.
You can update or change a reservation's license plate number before arrival through the Blinkay app or website! Once you purchase a reservation, you simply click on your receipt and then click on the pencil next to the plate number, and it will allow you to change the license plate information.
To ensure the simplest entry on the day of your reservation, please have the correct and most up-to-date information for the vehicle.
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.
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 Blinkay app after 12:00pm for available afternoon parking spaces [only available day-of].
Good Harbor Beach/Wingaersheek
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 Blinkay mobile app or website regularly for updated availability of parking spaces.
Find more information on the tides in Gloucester
The Blinkay website and mobile app will show a calendar for non-residents to select the preferred date. If a day displays a red dot, this means that there is no parking available at that beach on that day. If it denotes a green dot, that means you have already purchased a reservation for that day.
Available days will have no dot and will show as black font. Please carefully review the key at the bottom of the calendar.
Please refer solely to the Blinkay website or mobile app 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.
Gloucester residents without a beach sticker will be required to make a reservation through the Blinkay website or mobile app.
Yes, you will be able to book multiple days in one transaction! The Blinkay platform will allow non-residents to select a block of dates and reserve any dates available in that stretch.
Please carefully review the dates selected to confirm availability.