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Contact: George E. Price, Jr., Superintendent, 508-957-0701
Entrance Fee Increase is Proposed for Cape Cod National Seashore
Superintendent George Price is proposing an increase to the park's entrance fee. The daily vehicle fee would increase from $15 per vehicle to $20 per vehicle. The fee for the seasonal Cape Cod National Seashore pass would increase from $45 per vehicle to $60 per vehicle. The per person daily fee would increase from $3 to $10, and the motorcycle daily fee would increase from $5 to $15, bringing fees in line with standards recommended by the National Park Service (NPS). Entrance fees for Cape Cod National Seashore have not increased since 2007.
"The fee program is critical to the park," said Superintendent Price. "Eighty percent of the fees collected stays in the park and goes directly into improving facilities and providing services that are important to visitors." The remaining 20% of fees collected is put into a national account to fund priority NPS projects across the country. The new beach facilities and concession at Herring Cove Beach were constructed using these national funds.
Annual interagency passes, which are honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase and will remain at $80 for the regular pass, $10 for the lifetime Senior Pass, and free for the Access and Active-Duty Military passes.
"We are committed to keeping the park affordable, and we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experiences," Price said. "The additional revenue from the fee increase would be used to enhance visitor services, including repair of park facilities, rehabilitation of visitor centers and cultural resources, and additional park programs and transportation services."
A 45-day public input period on the proposed fee increase begins on October 27, 2014 and extends to December 6, 2014. Feedback will be accepted via the web at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ or via letters mailed to Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667, Attention: Rick Moore.
The new fees could be implemented in early 2015. However, the implementation schedule may vary based on the results of the public input process. The park will develop an implementation schedule that is supportive of local communities and interested stakeholders.