The National Park Service announced earlier this week that the upgrades that were scheduled to begin last September on the Maho Bay parking lot have finally begun. The work is happening at the larger parking area, which is across from the eastern edge of the beach. The park is upgrading the lot in an effort to reduce runoff and sedimentation into the bay. It will also provide a more efficient and safe parking area, as well increase safety for pedestrians crossing the roadway to the beach.
Once the upgrades are completed, there will be 33 clearly defined parking spaces. There will also be clearly defined entrance and exit areas, as well as travel ways. The lot will be redone with gravel. It will not be paved. Funding for this project was provided by the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, so a huge thank you to that organization who has worked so hard over the years to make our park one of the best in the world.
This project was set to begin on September 5th, but was pushed back due to Hurricane Irma which hit St. John on September 6th. The park hoped to close the area during low season, but clearly Irma, and then Maria, had different plans. The park stated in a release that it recognizes the inconvenience of the current closure; however this is a necessary step in protecting our beloved Maho Bay.
During this closure, guests are asked not to park on the roadside so not to impede traffic or access for emergency vehicles.
Work is expected to be completed no later than April 5th. We will keep you all posted. In the meantime, have a wonderful day folks!