The Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) announced Monday that Superintendent George Price is proposing an increase in entrance fees. Entrance fees to the park have not increased since 2007, according to a CCNS release.
Superintendent Price is suggesting the following fee hikes:
The increases would bring entrance fees in line with the National Park Service's recommended standards. Annual Interagency Passes and the lifetime Senior pass fees would not change. Active military members would still get into the park for free as well those with lifetime Access Passes.
"We are committed to keeping the park affordable," said Superintendent Price. "We also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience".
Eighty-percent of the collected fees remain at the park, according to Superintendent Price. The remaining twenty-percent goes into a national fund for priority projects. The new Herring Cove Beach facilities in Provincetown were funded through the national account.
Superintendent Price said the increased fees would be funneled back into the park to make necessary repairs and enhance the visitor's experience through improved services and more programs.
A 45-day comment period will remain open now through December 6. Comments may be made online here or send in the mail to: Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667, Attn: Rick Moore.
Depending on the comments and public input, the increases could go into effect as early as the beginning of the 2015 season, according to the release.