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Price hike at Point Park?

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Visitors to Point Park overlook the Tennessee River. TFP photo Visitors to Point Park overlook the Tennessee River. TFP photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is asking for public input on a fee increase for admission to Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain.

Currently, admission to Point Park is $3.00 per person, per day, or $20.00 for an annual Point Park pass. Those fees have been in place since 2002.

The proposed entrance fees for Point Park would increase to $7.00 per person, and would be valid for seven days. The annual pass would increase to $30.00. The annual pass entitles the pass holder and three others unlimited visits to the park throughout the year.

Park officials say that the increase in fees would support enhancements for the park.

“We are committed to keeping the park affordable, and we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience,” said Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Superintendent Brad Bennett. “As we approach the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016, revenue from entrance fees will provide critical funding for a variety of enhancements for park visitors.”

Past projects supported by entrance fees include producing the park orientation film, rehabilitating the Point Park Visitor Center and museum exhibits, restoring portions of the historic Lookout Mountain Battlefield landscape, and creating new outdoor exhibits on Orchard Knob.

Current projects include restoring mountain­top vistas and repairing the iconic New York Peace Monument at Point Park.

New revenue from the proposed fee increase would be used to expand visitor programs and services, restore additional portions of the 9,000 ­acre national park, and produce new, permanent exhibits at the Ochs Museum in Point Park.

Public opinion is being collected at the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/chch.

Comments may be submitted in writing to:
Park Superintendent
PO Box 2128
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742

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