Q. What is the attraction at Freeman Park? Why would someone pay so much to go into that park? What is it to do there?
A. Freeman Park is located at the north end of Carolina Beach. The town requires people to buy a permit if they are going to drive on the beach. It is $20 for a day and $100 for yearlong passes.
The cost pays the lifeguards, police officers and beach cleaners, according to town officials. There are trash bins and a few portable bathrooms that need to be cleaned.
But the beach is free; a purchased permit is required only when people want to drive on the beach. The car must be 4-wheel drive.
Besides being able to drive on the beach, other attractions of Freeman Park are camping and fishing. Campfires are permitted as long as they are contained. Camping is free but you need a fishing license to fish. As of early October, 24, 893 people had purchased beach passes this year.
Date posted: October 7, 2013
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