If you plan on going to the Oceanfront this summer, parking just got a whole lot easier.
The City of Virginia Beach has implemented two, new parking programs to help out during the peak, beach season.
You can buy a parking pass for $80, which will allow you unlimited parking at the Oceanfront municipal lots from April 1 to Oct. 31.
Or you can join the city’s new loyalty program. Joining the program will give you a free punch card that grants drivers one, free parking visit after four paid visits at any municipal lot and parking garage. These can be used all year.
The seasonal parking passes can be used at municipal parking lots only and you can purchase them at the lots on 2nd Street, 4th Street, 19th Street, Rudee Loop and the Croatan lot. The loyalty cards can be used at all municipal lots and garages and are being distributed at those locations as well.
The City of Virginia Beach says the new programs are already gaining popularity. Within the few first couple weeks of the programs being adopted and publicized on the city’s social media, more than 60 parking passes were sold and nearly 2,000 loyalty cards were given out.
Councilman John Uhrin is said to be responsible for the program’s initiation after working with the Virginia Beach Parking Management Office to come up with ways to make parking at the Oceanfront easier.
“We’ve launched these parking programs to encourage people to visit the oceanfront more often to shop, dine and attend concerts and other special events,” said Uhrin in a press release. “They can come down during the day to enjoy the beach, and come back again that night for dinner or to see a free concert without having to worry about paying for parking each time.”