Public Comment on Proposed Fee Increase

Fort Smith National Historic Site is seeking public input on proposed entrance fee increases.
Revenues from entrance fees are used to fund projects that directly benefit park visitors, providing
enhanced visitor services including repair and maintenance of facilities, capital improvements,
enhanced amenities, resource protection and additional visitor programs and services.
The park is conducting public engagement on the proposed fee increases through December 20, 2014.

Entrance Fee FAQs

What is the proposed entrance fee?

The park entrance fee would increase from the current $4 to $7. The increase
would occur gradually over a 17-month period beginning with $5 in May 2015, $6
in January 2016, and $7 in October 2016. The Fort Smith National Historic Site Annual Pass will increase
to $30. All Interagency Passes will remain at the current rates: Annual ($80) Senior ($10), Access ($0), and
Military Annual ($0).

Why is Fort Smith National Historic Site raising the entrance fee?
This fee increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar parks across
the country. Fort Smith National Historic Site was classified with parks of comparable size and visitation and
given the corresponding fee schedule. Fort Smith National Historic Site's current entrance fee has been in |
place since 2000.

How are entrance fees calculated?
The NPS fee structure is a tiered approach that classifies Fort Smith National Historic Site with parks of
comparable size and visitation. The NPS analysis of fees is based on relevant academic studies, private
and public sector benchmarks, and existing NPS data, and seeks to provide fair, equitable and consistent
fees to the public across the National Park System. Some of the other parks in Fort Smith's tier group
(Group 1) include Antietam, Capulin Volcano, Lake Mead, Manassas, Scotts Bluff, Vicksburg, and
Wilson's Creek.

What do the current fees pay for?
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) of 2005 authorized 100% of the revenue generated
by charging fees to be returned to the National Park Service.These funds are to be used in the park for
projects that directly benefit visitors. Funds generated by the fees are used to accomplish projects the park
has been unable to fund through annual Congressional allocations. Examples of recent park projects funded
with fee revenue include projects to improve sidewalks, install solar lighting, develop and install new
interpretive exhibits, install new drinking fountains, and update public restrooms.

What will the new fee revenues be used for?
Forecasted revenue from proposed fee increases is approximately $96,000 annually. The new revenue
from the fee increases will be used to provide enhanced visitor services including repair and maintenance
of facilities, and capital improvements. There will be an emphasis on park improvements prior to the NPS
centennial anniversary in 2016.

When would these fee changes be implemented?
If approved, the new fees could potentially be implemented as early as May 2015.

What are the next steps?

The National Park Service is soliciting public feedback on the proposal to increase the park's entrance fee.
A 30-day public engagement period will begin on November 20, 2014 and end of December 20, 2014.

Comments should be addressed to:

Superintendent Lisa Conard Frost
Fort Smith National Historic Site
PO Box 1406
Fort Smith, AR 72902

Comments may also be emailed by following this link.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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