Public Engagement for Proposed Fee Increases
Greenbelt Park is proposing its first increase to fees since 2007. The proposed fee changes are for both the campground 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 campground improvement projects starting this fall using fees collected in 2016. Planned projects include camp site refurbishment, replacing worn out picnic tables and grills, visitor center upgrades and the addition of new campfire circles.
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.
John Reid, 301 344 3944