If you’re headed down the shore for the three-day holiday weekend, you’re in luck: The rebuilt Ocean View rest stop on the Garden State Parkway has opened.
The new building contains a New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism welcome center and an A-Plus mini-mart. Sunoco financed the $2.5 million rest stop construction in exchange for a one-year lease extension on its fueling station on the Parkway. Food, fuel and bathrooms will be open 24 hours a day from Memorial Day to Labor Day; by the end of its run, the old Ocean View plaza closed at 5 p.m. Off-season hours for the new plaza are still under consideration.
The old Ocean View rest stop, which is near Exit 17, was closed in November and demolished. The 60-year-old building once held fast food places, but in recent years had simply been filled with vending machines. (When the Roy Rogers there closed, sales were less than $500 a day.) Demolition was completed in February. The new rest stop was supposed to be open by Memorial Day, but did not finish in time for the summer season.