Ohio May Charge To Enter State Parks

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Thursday, May 22, 2003 - 11:34 AM
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Ohio may start charging for admission to state parks to prop up diminishing revenues. The director of the Department of Natural Resource says he may have no other choice unless they legislature increases funding for his agency. Director Sam Speck told state Senators this isn’t a scare tactic, the Division of Parks and Recreation simply has run out of options. Ohio is one of eight states that don’t charge admission to state parks. However, fees are charged for camping, boat slips for the summer season, lodge rooms and rental of cottages and shelters. Speck declined to say how much new fees might be. But he said charges could be assessed to enter some parks, to park vehicles o to swim or participate in other activities.

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