The Cabrillo National Monument will raise entrance fees to the park later this year.
The increase, which goes into effect November 1, will be used to fund “maintenance and improvement projects within the park,” according to a news release.
Fees will double from $5 to $10 per vehicle for a seven-day entry, and the annual pass will increase from $15 to $20.
The park reduced the amounts first proposed last November after public responses to a civic engagement campaign. They received 49 formal comments, most agreeing the original numbers were too much all at once.
“This modest increase in fees will allow us to continue to protect, preserve and share the natural and cultural resources here at Cabrillo NM with current visitors and future generations,” said Superintendent Thomas Workman in a news release. “After carefully considering the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this is the right course of action to improve facilities and services important to visitors.”
Entrance fees support various projects such as rehabilitating trails, educational programming and restoring natural habitat. Among other projects the increase will provide funds to upgrade military history exhibits, build an interpretive shelter at the tide pools and refurbish the visitor center restrooms.
This is the first increase since the park started charging a fee 27 years ago.