Beverly, MA – January 17, 2013 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) announced today that sales of Crane Beach Parking Permits are beginning for the 2013-14 season. Purchasing a 2013–2014 Crane Beach Parking Permit sticker will allow Trustees members (and everyone in their vehicle) to park at Crane Beach for no additional charge from May 1, 2013–April 30, 2014, offering a significant savings for frequent beach visitors. This is the third year of the Crane Beach Parking Permit Sticker program, and Trustees members are encouraged to take advantage of the early-bird price by purchasing a parking sticker for just $55, now through March 15, 2013. After March 15, members can purchase stickers for $80.
Peter Pinciaro, Deputy Director for The Trustees’ Ipswich properties notes, “The beach sticker is the best deal of the summer! With a sticker, quick visits any day of the week are no longer out of the question. You can load up a car full of friends and family for a full day of sun or pop by for a quiet walk in dunes... the beach is your oyster.”
Beach Sticker Details
The parking sticker is available only to current Trustees members. Membership in The Trustees starts at just $47 per year for individuals ($37 for students and seniors). Individual members may purchase one sticker. Family members ($67 annual contribution) and Contributing members ($125 annual contribution) may purchase up to two stickers. Supporting-level members ($165 annual contribution) and above may request up to two stickers at no additional cost when they join or renew their membership. For as little as $102, you can become a Trustees member and pay no additional admission fees at Crane Beach for an entire year.
Please note: While parking stickers offer great savings and convenience, they will not guarantee parking. As in the past, The Trustees recommend arriving early on weekends and holidays, carpooling and/or using public transportation. For visitors who choose not to become Trustees members, beach admission prices remain at $25 on weekends and $15 on weekdays. Members who choose not to purchase a parking sticker pay $10 at the beach gate on weekdays and $20 on weekends. After 3:00 p.m., all beach admission prices decrease by 50%.
What Makes Crane Beach Special?
Crane Beach’s mesmerizing views, clean and inviting waters, miles of pristine shoreline, and topnotch facilities make it one of the finest beaches and outdoor recreation destinations on the East Coast. The beach is open year-round, sunrise to sunset, with restroom facilities available and rangers on-site daily. Dog walking and horseback riding is permitted on the beach in the winter months, from October 1—March 31 (visit www.thetrustees.org/greendogs for permitting and information).
During the summer months (Memorial Day through Labor Day), the beach is fully staffed with rangers, lifeguards, and EMTs. The Crane Beach store, featuring refreshments and merchandise, is open daily as well as the bathhouses, with toilets and changing areas, and outside showers and picnic area. The beach staff provides transportation to the beachfront for mobility-impaired and challenged visitors.
Crane Beach is among the world’s most important nesting sites for piping plovers and The Trustees have been nationally recognized for their successful shorebird protection program. In addition to the piping plovers, Crane Beach also provides important habitat for rare plants, invertebrates, mammals, birds, shellfish, and finfish that live and nest among its tidal pools, coastal dunes and five miles of beautiful trails. Trustees Membership Benefits
Membership and Crane Beach sticker and admission fees help support the critical work of The Trustees of Reservations, including the ongoing management, maintenance and care of special places like Crane Beach and other remarkable natural and cultural treasures on the North Shore and across the state.
As a Trustees member, not only do you enjoy significant savings at Crane Beach, but you’ll also enjoy savings on other Trustees’ programs and properties, including the Castle Hill Summer Concert Picnic Series, the Crane Wildlife Refuge Guided Kayak paddles, and the luxurious Inn at Castle Hill, just to name a few.
Purchase your Early-Bird Beach Sticker
To receive the maximum savings on visits to the beach all year long, The Trustees are encouraging members to take advantage of the early-bird discount by purchasing a $55 sticker before March 15. To purchase your beach sticker or for more details and information please visit www.thetrustees.org/cranebeach or call our membership office at 978.921.1944 x8801. Members who purchase their parking permit stickers before March 15 will receive them in the mail in April. Parking permit stickers purchased after March 15 can be picked up at the beach in May.
More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust,” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by members, donors, and volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 109 spectacular “reservations” (over 20 of which are on Boston’s North Shore) located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year- round programs, events, and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs, and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. To find out more about membership, volunteer, job and other engagement opportunities with The Trustees visit http://www.thetrustees.org.