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Old 04-19-2009, 10:06 AM
 
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That would be a very happy consequence, indeed. I'm all for people not driving whenever possible. You can also access the parks for free by hiking in. For example, the Heritage Trail takes you through both Riverband Park and Great Falls Natl. Park. Get walking, and you can get some exercise and enjoy the parks for free.
I hear ya. Having fewer cars on the roadways would be a good thing.

Having more bike riders on Burke Lake Road could get a little interesting though.....
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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Wow! It's a shame they're charging more for people who live out of the county. We haven't hit those parks yet. We're big into Geocaching, and some of the parks up there have lots of hides we'd like to find. But at $8 to get in for a day, it's a bit much. If we were to manage to find every single cache hidden there in one trip, it wouldn't be so bad. But it usually takes more than one trip to a park. Will have to see how many are in the parks. Will also have to suggest to the Geocachers with hides there that they post the required fees on their pages so people know in advance.
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:36 PM
 
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After reading the article, it looks like fees for out of towners has always been charged. I would hate to get to a park entrance and then find out I have to pay to get in. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...discussion coming up on Geocaching boards!
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:35 PM
 
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After reading the article, it looks like fees for out of towners has always been charged. I would hate to get to a park entrance and then find out I have to pay to get in. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...discussion coming up on Geocaching boards!
Fees have not always been charged. They were charged years ago, then they voted to make the parks free. Now they're returning to the fee system. You will still be able to get in free on weekdays, or if you hike/bike in.
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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Thanks! That's good to know.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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Every national/regional park already charges (in regional parks' case, it's non-residents only), so I don't have a problem with this. $4 per car (or $25 for season pass) is not much, and it's only fair that the users of the park pay for its upkeep.

I don't think it makes sense to charge people to get in for every neighborhood park, but these 4 parks are popular "destinations", that people will actually spend a good part of their day in, and so I'm sure they'll make money. The amount of people who park in the neighborhoods could become a problem, but many people with small children, lots of picnic food, or fishing gear are not going to want to walk a half mile or more just to get to the playground, picnic area, or good fishing spot. It's mostly the trail users that will park in the neighborhoods.

It would be really nice if the park system could be self-supporting, and then no park money would come from property taxes. I feel that this could actually improve the park system because then every year there's a county budget shortfall, we wouldn't be worried about park cuts. The parks would draw from a pool of money that is totally dependent on park users rather than the whims of the real estate market.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:49 AM
 
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Another thought: I'm surprised they didn't do this with Huntley Meadows also. That seems like one of the more popular Fairfax County parks.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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$25 for a season pass sounds very reasonable to me.
Agreed. I'm technically going to be "low-income" by Fairfax County's standards, but I, too, would be willing to fork over $25 for the benefit of being able to go running daily at Burke Lake. It's not unreasonable to expect that recreational areas do require overhead in terms of staffing, policing, guides, etc., and it is actually fairest to assess those who USE the facilities with this fee instead of levying a separate property tax for this purpose. Why tax people who may never use a Fairfax County park (i.e. an elderly shut-in in Reston who happens to own his/her own home but has no need for the parks).
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:40 AM
 
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Having more bike riders on Burke Lake Road could get a little interesting though.....
LOL, no kidding!

Does anyone know if the boat rental fees are going up?
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