The cost to park for the day at Jacob Riis Park, the popular beach in the Rockaways, is doubling this season from $5 to $10 per car.
The cost for oversized vehicles will go up to $20, while seasonal parking passes will cost $65 for most vehicles and $130 for oversized ones. The fees are charged until 6 p.m. each day.
Higher fees are also going into effect at Sandy Hook in New Jersey. Both locations are part of Gateway National Recreation Area, which is operated by the National Parks Service. The Sandy Hook cost is going from $10 to $15 per car, with oversized vehicles paying $20. Season parking passes will increase from $50 to $75, or $150 for oversized vehicles.
In announcing the increases, a Parks Service official called the hikes at Sandy Hook “modest,” and noted that they were half of what the government initially planned. The official, Gateway Superintendent Linda Canzanelli, did not address the modesty of the 100 percent increases kicking in at Jacob Riis.
But the Parks Service noted that the fees in Queens have not gone up since 2004, that they pay for improvements to the park, and that it is still free to visit non-beach areas. Seasonal passes go on sale in May.