National Park visitors are down to their final few weeks to submit their comments on a proposed entry fee increase to $25 from $15 at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks.
The fee increases are meant to generate revenue for backlogged projects and improve services in time for the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial celebration. Individual entry fees would increase to $12 from $5 and annual passes would increase to $50 from $30.
The public comment period ends Dec. 31. It started Oct. 30. The parks have been instructed to respond to the regional office by March 2. The new fees could be in place by summer.
Olympic proposed an increase to $25 from $15 in 2007, but didn’t implement the increase after it was inundated with negative public reaction.