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National Park Service Seeks Comments on Proposed Entrance Fee Increase at Great Falls Park

McLean, Va. – The George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) is accepting public comments online through February 5, 2015 on a proposal to increase entrance fees at Great Falls Park for the first time in nine years. The proposal also eliminates the reciprocal agreement that GWMP has with the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) for use of day and annual passes on either side of the Potomac River at Great Falls.

Current and proposed fees for Great Falls Park are as follows:

Current Entrance Fees

Proposed Entrance Fees

Vehicle Pass (3 days)

$5.00

Vehicle Pass (7 days)

$15.00

Motorcycle Pass (3 days)

$5.00

Motorcycle Pass (7 days)

$10.00

Pedestrian Pass (3 days)

$3.00

Pedestrian Pass (7 days)

$7.00

Annual Park Pass

$20.00

Annual Park Pass

$30.00

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The proposed fee changes have the potential to generate approximately $500,000 annually for GWMP. Money collected through entrance fees is used only for projects that have direct connections and benefits to park visitors. Recent examples of projects funded by entrance fees at the Great Falls Park include, install all new museum exhibits in the visitor center; produce a new film about George Washington’s vision of the Patowmack Canal; provide handicap access to park facilities; complete overhaul to the visitor center restrooms at Great Falls Park; refurbish scenic overlooks; install trail direction signs and interpretive exhibits; make repairs to historic structures; repair and maintain park trails; and print park brochures and Junior Ranger booklets.

George Washington Memorial Park offers spectacular views of the Potomac gorge, beautiful scenic roads to include Spout Run, Clara Barton Parkway and a network of urban parks that include Fort Hunt Park, Riverside Park, Collingwood Picnic Area, Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Belle Haven Park, Jones Point Park, The Mount Vernon Trail, Daingerfield Island, Gravelly Point, Lady Bird Johnson Park, Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Netherlands Carillon, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Fort Marcy, Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Turkey Run Park, Glen Echo Park, Clara Barton National Historic Site, and Great Falls Park.

Following the comment period, feedback will determine how a fee increase would be implemented. If approved, all changes in entrance fees at Great Falls Park would be implemented beginning in spring 2015.


For additional information or to comment on the proposed fee increases, visit

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/GreatFallsParkFees.



Current Entrance Fees

Admission to Great Falls Park is for three consecutive days.

No refunds are given due to inclement weather.

Accepted Forms of Payment

-Cash: United States currency.

-Charge Cards: Master Card, VISA, Discover, or American Express

-Personal or Commercial Checks: A check must be drawn on U.S. Bank, payable in U.S. Dollars, and the check holder's name and current address must be imprinted on the check. A telephone number is required. Identification is also required for $50.00 or greater and require the check holder's Social Security Number (SSN). All Business Checks require the business' Tax Identification Number (TIN).

Great Falls Park Vehicle Permit $5.00

Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit.

Great Falls Park Individual Permit $3.00

Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, or equestrian. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.

Free Entrance Days in 2015

The National Park Service offers the following entrance free days:
  • January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • February 14-16 (Presidents Day Weekend)
  • April 18-19 (Opening weekend of National Park Week)
  • August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)
  • September 26 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)

Other fees such as tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

 
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U.S. Fee Area Program

The Fee Program employees not only collect fees, but they also perform activities related to resource stewardship, education, and visitor-use management. Services funded by the fee program include park protection, resource management, information and orientation, maintenance of park facilities, and interpretation.
 
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Great Falls Park

2015 Annual Pass $20.00

Valid for twelve months from the date of purchase, for unlimited visits to Great Falls Park. It admits the purchaser and any accompanying persons in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, of the purchaser and accompanying immediate family member (spouse, children, parents) when entry is by other means (bus, shuttle, bicycle, and foot).

This passport covers entrance fees only and is not refundable and/or transferable. Purchase at the entrance station.


 
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America the Beautiful

2015 Annual Pass - Cost $80

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale.

The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas. (children 15 and younger are admitted free) The pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or via the Internet at http://store.usgs.gov/pass.

 
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2015 Annual Pass for Military

Free

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)

Frequently asked questions about the Annual Pass for Military

 
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America the Beautiful

Senior Pass - Cost $10

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

See frequently asked questions for more details.

The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children 15 and younger are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park.

The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Frequently asked questions about the Interagency Senior Pass
 
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America the Beautiful

Access Pass - Free

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

See Frequently asked questions for more details.

Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park.

The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Frequently asked questions about the
Access Pass
 
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America the Beautiful

Volunteer Pass - Free

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. It provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of award.

The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).

For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteer.gov
 
Organized Non-Commercial Groups

Organized Non-Commercial Groups include church groups, college/school groups, scouts, service organizations, military, etc. All holders of ATB Interagency Passes, Golden Passports, Great Falls Park passes and those under 15 years old and younger will be exempt from payment of fees. Passes allow free entrance to individual pass holders under the conditions stated on the pass.

Organized Non-Commercial Groups in vehicles with a manufacture's designed capacity of 5 or less are charged the $5.00 vehicle permit or a fee of $3.00 per person in vehicles with a manufacture's designed capacity of 16 or greater. Removal of seats from a vehicle does not then qualify for the lower rate. Age and pass exemptions apply.

The total fee charged for an Organized Non-Commercial Group will not exceed the $100 fee per vehicle.

 

Great Falls Park Commercial Tour Fee

Vehicles with capacity of 1-6 passengers will be charged $25 plus $3 per person.

Vehicles with capacity of 7-25 passengers will be charged a flat fee of $40. No per person fees are charged as long as passengers are traveling with the original commercial vehicle. Tour passengers who re-enter the park by other means are subject to per person fees. Entrance Fees are NOT refundable and/or transferable. The permit is valid for up to 7 days for the same tour group only.

No per person fees are charged as long as passengers are traveling with the original commercial vehicle. Tour passengers who re-enter the park by other means are subject to per person fees. Entrance Fees are NOT refundable and/or transferable. The permit is valid for up to 7 days for the same tour group only.

Vehicles with capacity of 26 or greater passengers will be charged a flat fee of $100.00. No Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access, Grand Canyon Park Passes, or America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, will be accepted and no exemptions for age.

No per person fees are charged as long as passengers are traveling with the original commercial vehicle. Tour passengers who re-enter the park by other means are subject to per person fees. Entrance Fees are NOT refundable and/or transferable. The permit is valid for up to 7 days for the same tour group only.

 

Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)

CUA groups will be charged a $3 per person fee for each client at entry. If any member of the group has a pass, entry is good for the pass holder plus three others. There is no fee for support vehicles ("sag wagons").

 
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Fee Waiver Information

Fee Waiver Information and Form

The following information has been taken directly from National Park Service Regulations (NPS-22). This is the guideline to be followed in granting education fee waivers. Bona fide educational or scientific institutions may qualify if the following conditions are met. Please Read Carefully. Your application package must contain all of the following. An Educational Fee Waiver is not necessary if you are attending one of the park sponsored curriculum-based field trip programs.


  1. Current official documentation of recognition of affiliation as an educational institution by a Federal, State or local government entity, or other evidence attesting to educational status is attached. It is insufficient to merely state or imply this on official letterhead. Your fee waiver CANNOT be processed without one of these documents submitted with your application.

  2. There must be a direct relationship between the visit purpose and the use of the Park. The visit must be to study some aspect/resource specific to Great Falls Park. A general statement to the effect that the visit is for "educational purposes" is insufficient by itself. An explanation of what the educational purpose entails and how is related to Park resources is required. (Course outlines, lesson plans, or a copy of the curriculum meet this requirement.) Fee Waiver Information and Form must be received in the Fee Management Office 2-3 weeks in advance of the anticipated visit.
  • REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.
  • FEE WAIVERS WILL NOT BE GIVEN AT THE ENTRANCE STATIONS.
  • Fees will be waived only if each vehicle has a copy of the fee waiver.



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