C&O Canal Changes Plans on Fee Collections

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park announced Friday that it is revising its proposal to increase and expand entrance and other fees park-wide.

The park has decided to not proceed with expanding fee collections. However, it is still proposing to “moderately increase existing entrance, campground and pavilion rental fees only at park locations where fees are currently collected.”

After this change, the revised proposed entrance fees that would go into effect on May 1 are listed below:
Park Annual Pass:
· Current: $20, Great Falls, Md. only
· Proposed: $30, Great Falls, Md. only
Per Vehicle Pass:
· Current: $5/vehicle for three days, Great Falls, Md. only
· Proposed: $15/vehicle for seven days, Great Falls, Md. only
Per Person Pass:
· Current: $3/person for three days, Great Falls, Md. only
· Proposed: $7/person for seven days, Great Falls, Md. only
Motorcycle Pass:
· Current: $5/motorcycle for three days, Great Falls, Md. only
· Proposed: $10/motorcycle for seven days, Great Falls, Md. only

The park is are also proposing to increase fees for campgrounds and picnic pavilions. Comparability studies have been completed to determine rates. The proposals are as follows:
Drive-In Campgrounds:
· Single Site Rate: Current: $10 per night, Proposed $20 per night
· Group Site Rate: Current $20 per night, Proposed $40 per night
Hiker-Biker Camping Sites:
· Current: No Charge, no changed proposed
Picnic Pavilion: Carderock Pavilion
· Monday-Thursday: Current $150 per day, Proposed $250 per day
· Friday-Sunday & Holidays: Current $250 per day, Proposed $350 per day

The park will also continue to hold public meetings at the dates and locations listed below:

February 9, 2015, at Hancock Town Hall, 126 West High Street, Hancock, Md. from 6:30-8:00 PM
February 11, 2015, at Storer Ballroom at the Shepherd University Student Center, 210 North King Street, Shepherdstown, W.Va., from 6:30-8:00 PM
February 17, 2015, at Brunswick City Park Building, 655 East Potomac Street, Brunswick, Md., from 6:30-8:00 PM

To provide comments on the revised fee increase proposal, go to: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cocanalfees. The public comment period will remain open until February 22, 2015. 

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