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Contact: Frank Mares, (314) 655-1600
An entrance fee increase is planned for Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (JNEM), effective January 1, 2009. The new fee will be $5.00 per person for those over the age of 16. The previous fee was $3.00 per person.
The increase will allow JNEM to comply with Federal recommendations to simplify and standardize entrance fees for parks of similar types, to group parks into categories, and to set fees based on those categories. JNEM is in the lowest price category nationally for entrance fees, and the entrance fee at JNEM has not increased since 1998.
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act signed by President Bush in December 2004 allows parks collecting fees to keep at least 80% of fee revenues. These revenues are retained by the park for specific projects such as repairing, maintaining and enhancing facilities used by visitors (restrooms, visitor centers); developing, installing, and repairing interpretive exhibits; and providing visitor services and signs. Monies from fees collected at JNEM are being used for the following projects:
- Update fire, smoke and intrusion alarm systems in the Historic Old Courthouse.
- Replace the roof at the Historic Old Courthouse.
- Print park brochures for free distribution to all visitors.
- Replace concrete sidewalks on the Arch grounds.
- Replace disabled access at the Historic Old Courthouse.
- Restore historic stone floor in one of the Historic Old Courthouse exhibit galleries.
- Upgrade public restrooms at the Historic Old Courthouse.