State Park Fees Increase Next Week

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Entrance fees for many California state parks are going up next week.

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
Depending on the park, day use fees will increase from two-dollars to five dollars.  Camping fees at some parks are increasing from ten-dollars to 21 dollars.  

The new rates start on Monday. That’s when the public can find out which parks are raising their fees. Parks officials say the increase is related to the state budget crunch. 

Despite the fee hike, they say more than 100 state parks are still slated to close after Labor Day. Supporters of the state parks say they’re continuing the search for financial contributions from businesses and others who want to keep the parks open.  

In addition to the park closures in the fall, the state’s severe financial crisis also has resulted in staff cutbacks. Just like most other state agencies, state parks workers are forced to take three unpaid days off a month.