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As Jamestown Beach gears up for another summer season, patrons can expect several changes and improvements to the park.
The first change went into effect Friday: The park entrance near the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry officially closed. Patrons can access the park using the entrance across the street from Jamestown Settlement’s main parking lot.
There is a large cream-color park entrance sign and welcome flags to help drivers identify the entrance.
In February, John Carnifax, director of James City County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, said the entrance near the Ferry would close due to the traffic jam caused by commuters trying to access the Ferry and beach-goers looking to park in the lot closest to the water.
The parking lot closest to that entrance has also closed. To accommodate patrons, the park has opened three parking areas near the new main entrance. There is designated event parking as well as two open areas that will double as event space and parking.
Beginning Memorial Day weekend, JCC and City of Williamsburg residents must obtain a car decal in order to park free of charge. Non-residents must pay a daily parking fee of $4 per car on weekdays and $7 per car on weekends and holidays.
Carnifax said the fees are being implemented this year to “offset operating and capital costs” that result from nonresidents who use the beach. The parking fee is in effect from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day during park hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Separate parking fees may apply to residents and nonresidents alike during special events.
Decals can be picked up at the following county parks beginning May 16. Vehicle owners must present a valid Virginia driver’s license and vehicle registration to get a free decal for each car registered to a James City County or City of Williamsburg address.
- Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
- Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway
- Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road
- Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road
- James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
- James City County Marina, 2054 Jamestown Road
- Little Creek Reservoir Park, 180 Leisure Road in Toano
In addition to these changes, patrons will be able to enjoy new picnic tables, charcoal grills, a paddle craft launch and loading area, restrooms and outdoor rinse stations.