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C&O Canal National Historical Park To Charge Entrance Fees

January 9th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

It was announced earlier this week that the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park plans to start charging entrance fees for the entire length of the park to deal with federal budget cuts, as well as to generate additional funds for improvements.  Kevin Brandt, superintendent for the park, said that the C&O Canal’s yearly budget has been reduced by more than a million dollars since 2010, while the number of full-time employees at the park has dropped from about 93 to fewer than 73. In plans unveiled Monday, the park service said that an annual pass to the park would cost $30 a year, while a seven-day vehicle pass from areas west of Seneca Creek to Cumberland would cost $5 for seven days. The cost for a similar pass in 2017 would rise to $15, under the plan. A “per-person pass” from areas west of Seneca Creek to Cumberland would cost $3 for seven days in 2015 and go up to $7 in 2017. The proposed rates would go into effect on May 1. Larry Brock of Mountain Maryland Trails tells WCBC News that after some initial concern, he understands the plan and has offered tentative support…





 

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