Civic Engagement – Public Comment
We are inviting public comment on two proposals which aim to enhance visitors' experience in Hot Springs National Park.
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to increase the nightly fee charged at Gulpha Gorge Campground for those sites which offer water, electricity and sewer hook-ups from $24 to $30 per night based on a comparability study of the region. The fee for "primitive" sites will remain at $10. The increase in fees will let the park develop the campground and invest in improvements to enhance visitors' experience at the campground.
The NPS also proposes to separate the visitor services and museum activities currently co-located at the Fordyce Bathhouse. At the Fordyce Bathhouse Museum, visitors would be offered guided tours and enhanced interpretive programs. A nominal fee would be charged to adults only. Entrance fees are not charged to children 16 and younger or holders of the America the Beautiful passes and Federal Recreational Senior, Access or Military Passes.These passes may be obtained at the park.
The per-person fee is proposed to start at $6 in 2015 and $7 in 2016, it mirrors the fee structure in place for similar museums in the National Park System, and in many cases it is well below what is charged by other local museums.
A Hot Springs National Park Annual Pass also would be established. The annual park pass would cover the entrance of up to 4 adults and it would cost $50. The park pass would be valid for the Fordyce Museum only.
The revenues generated would remain in Hot Springs to offer more opportunities for visitors to engage with park interpreters to discover the "heyday" of the bathing industry here. The Visitor Center functions, to include the free movie, park information offerings and some exhibits, would be moved to another historic building on Bathhouse Row.
Please address your comments to:
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We will be hosting an Open House for the general public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. January 15, 2015 at the Ozark Bathhouse and invite you to attend if your schedule permits it.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions in this endeavor.Your input is highly valued and appreciated.