Most County Park fees have increased for the 2021 season to keep up with market rates and the rising cost of operations. The Board of County Commissioners approved the fee increase in June 2020. This is the first increase since 2018.
Why are fees increasing?
Park user fees are the largest single source of revenue for park operations. County Parks also receives money from grants, leases, and other creative revenue sources, but receives very little support from the county’s general fund.
Because the cost of operations (including supplies, fuel, repairs, wages, etc.) continue to increase and facilities continue to age and deteriorate, increased fees are necessary to maintain facilities, programs and services for the public.
The decision to increase park fees followed a 2019 study of other parks agencies, private venues and campgrounds to determine appropriate market rates for primary fees, including parking, camping and day use rentals.
You can find the full list of approved fees on our website. Below is a summary of the changes, effective Jan. 1, 2021:
- Daily parking: remains at $6/day, except on Saturdays and Sundays, May-September, when parking is $8/day because of high demand.
- Annual parking pass: increased for all categories (vehicle, boater, commercial, 1-year and 2-year).
- Camping fees increased as follows:
- Primitive/Standard from $22 to $26/night
- Partial Hookup from $28 to $34/night
- Reservation/Cancellation/Change from $8 to $10/transaction
- Fees for two popular day-use shelters increased as follows:
- Barton Area 6 (Routson Pavilion) from $450 to $600
- Eagle Fern Area 2 (A-frame) from $150 to $300
- Fees for popular day use shelters and picnic areas have been aligned with maximum group size instead of pricing per facility to fit with market rates and help cover the extra effort needed to host special events. See chart.