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Contact: Blanca Alvarez Stransky, 419-285-2184
Put-in-Bay, OHIO –Perry's Victory will hold open house on December 4 and a community potluck on Monday, December 15 to discuss possible fee increases in 2015. The current park entrance fees have been in place for over 20 years. The entrance fee for individuals over the age of 16 will go from $3 to $7 per person. The annual pass will be increased from $10 to $30 per person.Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Senior, Access or Military Passes. These passes may be obtained at the Park.
"We are committed to keeping the park affordable but we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience," said Perry's Victory Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky. "The money from entrance fees remains in the park and is used to improve facilities, infrastructure, and visitor services including education programs."
In the last six years, we have used our recreational fees to fund the majority of the activities associated with the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 including Paths to Peace: War of 1812 Arts Legacy Project. We have also used these funds to maintain the rotunda floor, install new flag poles, improve sustainability and for numerous educational programs and materials. Additional revenue raised by a fee increase would help us extend and repair the sidewalks, bury remaining power lines, improve signage, develop new exhibits, a new park movie, increase education programming, build a peace garden, and improve accessibility.
Perry's Victory is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. In 2013, more than 150,000 park visitors contributed 19 million to the local economy and supported 243 jobs related to tourism.
The open house will take place in the newly remodeled administration building from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include a public comment session.The community potluck will take place in the Put-in-Bay Town Hall on December 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.We will also be collecting public comments on our Facebook page or via email. Following the comment period which ends January 31, 2015, based on feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.