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National Parks Might See a Hike in Admission Fees by the National Park Service

via BuzzFeed

With National Parks and destinations like the Grand Canyon not receiving the revenue acceptable for the National Parks Service, admission fees are going to rise to up to $70.

For “peak seasons” in at least 17 parks, cars will now have to pay $70, $50 for motorcyclists, and people on bikes and on foot have to dish out $30.

Most of the parks are in the west, such as Yosemite, Zion, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton. These parks are seeing a significant spike in prices, as right now vehicles are charged $30, which is the same as the proposed price for “walk-ins.” Canyonlands charges $25 per car and $10 if someone is on foot.

The Park Service recently raised the price for the “lifetime senior pass” from $10 to $80.

The parks agency says they desperately need the money, and are estimating that the new prices will bring in about $70 million of revenue per year. The money will be used for “improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks.” The Park Service said, “This includes roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services.”

Aging infrastructure of the parks has been a huge issue for a while. In 2016, a report indicated a total of $11.3 billion in “deferred maintenance”. California parks alone totaled over $7 billion of the maintenance.

However, many citizens and lawmakers believe the increased prices will hurt the parks even more because sales will decrease.

If the proposal goes through, the price hike is expected go into effect next year.

But good thing the defense department is in the process of building a $100 million drone base.

[via Buzzfeed]

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