Proposed Entrance and Picnic Area Fee changes for Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington Park is proposing its first increase to fees since 2002. The proposed fee changes are both for park entrance and reserved picnic areas, and would not go into effect until January 2017. The decision to adjust fees will be made locally with input from the local community, to ensure the increases are implemented in a way that works best for both the park and visitors.
How Fees are Used
The proposed changes in fees will fund projects that directly benefit our park, like the Comfort Station refurbishment project starting Sept -Oct 2016, which is funded from 1.5 years worth of fees. Planned projects include new interpretive wayside exhibits, replacing worn out picnic tables and grills, improving exhibits in the park's visitor center and replacing cannon mounts.
Fees collected are to be used to fund projects that address deferred maintenance needs, provide new visitor programs and services, protect resources, and improve and rehabilitate facilities for visitors. The majority of funds used for national park management come from Congressional appropriations. By using collected recreation fees, visitors help the National Park Service cover part of the cost of their visit. The fees also help the National Park Service improve the condition of the picnic areas, and respond to increased demand for visitor facilities and services.
Adam Gresek, 301 763 4600