Parking fees will benefit United Way agencies

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 2, 2002

People attending the city-sponsored Independence Day festivities aren’t required to pay a $10 parking fee to park at Sleepy Hole Park.

Advertisements for the Stars & Stripes Spectacular indicated that on-site parking will cost $10 per car, with handicapped spaces available at $5 per car, and that parking at one of two satellite sites – John Yeates Middle School or Nansemond River High School – will be $3.

Residents who attend the event should know that 100 percent of the proceeds from parking – as well as money the city makes off concession and vendor sales – is earmarked for United Way, said Lakita Frazier, recreation superintendent of the Suffolk Department of Recreation and Parks, organizers of the event.

Newsletter

Email newsletter signup

Knowing the money raised is going to a good cause, Frazier is hopeful most people still make that contribution.

&uot;But it is a donation,&uot; she said. &uot;We are not going to turn anyone away who wants to participate in the event but does not want to pay.&uot;

The department is hoping to raise at least $7,500 for United Way during the event, Frazier said. Last year, contributions during the July 4th activities generated $6,800 for the organization.

All donations are tax deductible.