As many senior citizens already know, getting older does have some advantages. The Friends of V.I. National Park just joined the roster of those who provide benefits for seniors with free admission cards to Trunk Bay.
Friends’ President Joe Kessler said that the organization is pleased to provide these passes as a sign of respect to seniors in the community, and to promote the local enjoyment of this iconic park beach.
“The resources are there and we want people to get out and enjoy the park,” Friends development director Heather Ruhsam added.
The passes are valid for a year for the seniors named on the passes. It’s a family pass, so the pass-holders may be accompanied by their children and grandchildren ages 18 and under without having to pay additional admission fees. The passes are not transferable, and the pass holder must show identification matching the name on the card.
Without the senior pass, adult visitors pay $4 per day. Children age 16 and under are admitted free. An individual annual pass runs $10, and a family annual pass is $15. Golden Age and Golden Access cardholders are admitted at half price.
To get a senior pass, stop by the Friends store in Mongoose Junction. Show the senior identification card; the senior identification card is issued by the local Human Services Department to anyone over age 60. The store is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting in January, the store will open at 9 a.m.
The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of Virgin Islands National.
For more information, contact the Friends at 779-4940.