Saturday, January 08, 2005

Proposed Parking Fees for Ohio State Parks

From ONN:

Visitors to Ohio state parks might have to start paying to park for the first time starting in May.

The Ohio Department of Resources will propose the new fees Saturday to a legislative committee that reviews agency rules. The body has 90 days to rule.

Ohio is among just a handful of states, including Kentucky, that don't charge for picnicking or other day use of parks.

The proposals calls for a $5 daily pass for Ohio motor vehicles.

Great. I've often driven to state parks to go running (Alum Creek, Rocky Fork, Paint Creek), but I'll definitely stick to Franklin County's park system if this goes through.

State parks are one of the very few forms of free entertainment available, and it'll be a shame if Ohio legislators decide to start charging to use land set aside for the citizenry's enjoyment.