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May 12, 2017 - Additional amenities at Buckroe Beach are expected to draw more Hampton residents and visitors to the bay beach this summer, and the city is opening an overflow parking lot and running a free weekend shuttle service.
Coming to Buckroe this summer are:
Buckroe Beach and the James Wilson Fishing pier offer 588 nearby free parking spaces, which generally are sufficient for weekday crowds. Parking is not allowed on the grass lots because it’s an environmental hazard. (Oil and other vehicle fluids leak into the ground, and cars destroy the grass, creating muddy ruts that breed mosquitoes and cause runoff.)
To alleviate a parking crunch at peak times, the city is opening an additional lot at Jones Magnet Middle School, 1819 Nickerson Blvd. For those who want to walk, it’s a short distance to the beach. On weekends and holidays the city will run a free, 42-passenger shuttle bus from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services bus will make two stops: at Point Comfort Avenue and Resort Boulevard and at Buckroe Avenue and the beachfront, looping back to the parking lot about every 25 minutes. Groups or those with bulky chairs and coolers might prefer to drop gear and a guest or two at the beach, while the driver parks the car and shuttles back. (Remember, alcoholic beverages are not permitted at city parks, and dogs are not allowed in the park during the main summer season.)
Buckroe Beach offers a half-mile cement boardwalk and three-quarters of a mile of clean Chesapeake Bay beachfront. The park has three shelters with grills, a children’s playground, restroom facilities and a stage pavilion. A free observation pier behind the pavilion offers a great view, and a fishing pier on the southern end of the beach gives anglers a great place to socialize and catch a variety of seasonal fish. Admission includes a fishing license for the day.
For those who want a quieter beach experience, the city operates two other beaches in the summer: