Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Proposes Entrance Fee Increase

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Date: February 26, 2015
Contact: Greg Shine, Chief Ranger & Historian, 360.816.6231
Contact: Tracy Fortmann, Superintendent, 360.816.6205

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is soliciting public comments via the National Park Service (NPS) public comment website (PEPC) and US Mail concerning possible fee increases in 2015 and 2016. Under the park's proposal, the entrance fee to the reconstructed stockade site would change from $3 to $5 in 2015 and $7 in 2016 for an individual, and would remain valid for reentrance for seven days. The park's annual pass would increase from $10 to $30 in 2015, and would continue to allow admittance of four adults.


The proposed fee increase affects the reconstructed stockade site only. Access to park grounds, trails, roads, and facilities outside of the reconstructed stockade site would remain free of charge. Facilities that will remain free of charge to access include the Visitor Center (currently under rehabilitation) and Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver , WA, and the McLoughlin and Barclay Houses at the park's McLoughlin House Unit in Oregon City, OR.

This fee increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar national parks across the country. Entrance fees have been collected at Fort Vancouver NHS for more than 20 years. 

At National Park Service sites where fees are collected, 80% to 100% of fees collected remain at the site to support projects with a direct visitor connection. Parks can propose projects and compete service-wide for funding from the remaining 20% of fees collected. At Fort Vancouver NHS, the additional revenue from the fee increase will be used to enhance visitor services, including repair and maintenance of park facilities, rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, and repair and replacement of equipment and materials to enhance park programming and special events. 

Examples of projects funded through the fee revenue funds at Fort Vancouver NHS include replicating nineteenth century furniture for museum display and use in living history special events onsite, creating new trail maps, replacing viewing decks along the Columbia River waterfront, adding accessible trails within the reconstructed stockade, adding picnic tables and trash receptacles throughout the park, and replacing playground equipment at the popular playground near the Visitor Center. 

Fort Vancouver NHS has successfully competed service-wide for projects funded through the 20% recreational fee funding source. The Visitor Center rehabilitation is an excellent example currently in progress. 

A 30-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase is open today, February 26, 2015 through March 27, 2015. Feedback will be accepted via: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Proposed_Fee_Increase_Fort_Vancouver_NHS and U.S. Mail at: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Attention: Proposed Fee Increase, 612 E. Reserve St., Vancouver, WA 98661. 

 Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Passes. These passes may be obtained at the park's Contact Station. 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 Interagency Annual Pass, $10 for the Senior Pass, and free for the Access or Military passes. 

The new fees could be implemented in late May 2015. However, the implementation schedule may vary based on the results of civic engagement. The park will develop an implementation schedule that supports local communities and interested stakeholders. Comments received during the 30 day public comment period will inform the agency's decision on how or if a fee increase will be implemented. 

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. A recent report showed that 733,539 visitors to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in 2013 spent $40.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 610 jobs in the local area.  



Last updated: August 13, 2015

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