National parks should be affordable

The National Park Service should rethink its proposal to double admission fees at more than a dozen of the nation’s favorite parks.

The reasoning is that by increasing fees during the busiest five months of the year, needed revenue for maintenance and infrastructure work can be raised.

It’s a good thought, but a bad idea.

The park service has estimated the higher fees would generate an additional $70 million a year, which would address much of the parks’ needs over time.

But it would also mean fewer people would get a chance to visit parks. Higher fees would put them out of reach for many lower- and middle-class citizens.

National parks belong to all of us. Park operations are funded by tax dollars and admission fees, but national parks should be destinations within reach of all citizens, not just the wealthy.

It’s not surprising that there has been significant push back since the fee proposal was announced in October.

The (Findlay) Courier