Fee Increase 2018

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Date: May 21, 2018
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will modify its entrance fees to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience. Effective June 1 the entrance fees to the park will be $15 per person. An annual park pass will cost $45.

Revenue from entrance fees remains in the National Park Service and helps ensure a quality experience for all who visit. Here in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, 100 percent of entrance fees stay in the park and are devoted to spending that supports the visitor.

In response to public comments on a fee proposal released in October 2017, there will be a modest increase for all entrance fee-charging parks, rather than the higher peak-season fees initially proposed only for 17 highly-visited national parks.

“Recreation fee dollars help preserve our cultural resources, improve our public facilities, and provide more educational opportunities for our visitors,” stated SF Maritime NHP Superintendent Kevin Hendricks. “

National parks have experienced record breaking visitation, with more than 1.5 billion visitors in the last five years. Throughout the country, the combination of an aging infrastructure and increased visitation has put a strain on park roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services and led to a $11.6 billion deferred maintenance backlog nationwide.

Revenue from entrance fees at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park has funded accessibility improvements, created school group educational materials, installed wayfinding signage, designed new museum exhibits, and repaired an historic houseboat.

Entrance fees collected by the National Park Service totaled $199.9 million in Fiscal Year 2016. The NPS estimates that once fully implemented, the new fee structure will increase annual entrance fee revenue by about $60 million. 

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park has had an entrance fee since 1988. The current rate of $10 per person has been in effect since 2015. The park is one of 117 National Park Service site that charges an entrance fee, the other 300 national parks will remain free to enter.

The price of the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass will remain $80. 

The National Park Service has a standardized entrance fee structure, composed of four groups based on park size and type. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is one of the sites in group 2. Some parks not yet aligned with the other parks in their category will raise their fees incrementally and fully incorporate the new entrance fee schedule by January 1, 2020.

The complete fee schedule will change according to the following:

San Francisco Maritime
National Historical Park
Park Specific Annual Pass
Current $10 $40
June 1, 2018 $15 $45

Located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit nps.gov/safr, Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS, and Facebook @SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP. The Park offers assisted listening services on request. Sign Language interpreter services need to be requested at least five days in advance. Contact Accessibility Coordinator/Chief of Interpretation for more information at 415-859-6797, or safr_accessibility@nps.gov.

Last updated: May 21, 2018

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