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Contact: Paul Roelandt, 435-586-9451 x4421
Springdale, Cedar City, and Bryce Canyon City, Utah-In order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the parks, several local National Park Sites will be raising fees.
In 20I4, the National Park Service issued the call for parks nationwide to conduct stakeholder outreach through civic engagement to gauge support for possible fee changes to entrance, expanded amenity, and special recreation permit fees authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) of 2004. Entrance fees had not been raised since 2007.
Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument started the discussion of raising fees in December by calling and visiting with State, Federal and local legislative offices and staff. The three parks also issued press releases, posted proposed fee increase information on park websites and Facebook pages, and attended a variety of public meetings to gather feedback.
"During the public comment period, very few of the comments were negative. Politicians, visitors and local community members alike seemed to understand the need for additional funding lo help with deferred maintenance projects at parks, especially with the increases in visitation we have seen recently," said Cedar Breaks Superintendent Paul Roelandt.
"By law, these funds can only be used to help cover costs that are directly related to providing visitor services," said Bryce Canyon Superintendent Lisa Eckert. "For example, entrance fees have supported a wide range of projects that improve the park and visitor experiences, including rehabilitating trails, developing and installing exhibits in visitor centers, improving park water systems and other infrastructure, and improving ADA accessibility."
"This modest increase in fees will allow us to continue to improve facilities and services important to visitors," said Zion Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. "After carefully considering the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this is the right course of action to help us protect, preserve and share these special places with current visitors and future generations."