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DER LOOKING FOR COMMENT ON 1993 STATE PARK FEES

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- The state Department o f Environmental Resources (DER) is seeking public comment on proposed changes in state park user fees, which include reduced charges for half- week cabin rentals and for other facilities at lesser-used parks.
 The proposed 1993 State Park fee structure was published in the Nov. 14 Pennsylvania Bulletin for a 30-day public comment period prior to submission to the state Environmental Quality Board. Any changes in park fees must be approved by the 21-member public board.
 "The vast majority of fees will remain at current rates under our 1993 proposal," State Parks Director Roger Fickes said. "We have added some new fee categories which will allow for season passes at swimming pools, reduced fees for half-week and group rates in overnight cabins, and lower rates for facilities in some parks to encourage visitation."
 While admission to all state parks is free, user fees are charged for certain facilities, such as cabin rentals, overnight camping, marinas, boat storage areas, swimming pools and pavilion rental.
 Fickes said frequent users of some state park pools will save money because of new fee categories that offer season passes and special rates for children, senior citizens and admissions after 4 p.m.
 While current cabin fees will not change, new fee categories would allow DER to offer half-week and nightly cabin rentals for individuals not interested in a full week's rental.
 Fickes said the fee structure would allow DER to charge fees for use of group meeting facilities at Parker Dam State Park, Clearfield County; Ridley Creek State Park, Bucks County; and Raccoon State Park, Beaver County.
 DER also is proposing a definition change in the marina fees at Presque Isle State Park, Erie County, that would be based on "per foot of stall," instead of "per foot of boat." Fickes said the change will bring the fee into conformity with those of other Erie area marinas.
 All funds from the user fees go into the State Park Restricted Receipts Fund, which is specifically reserved for use in operating and maintaining the park system.
 Additional information about the proposed fees is available from DER's Bureau of State Parks, toll-free at 1-800-63-PARKS, or by writing P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, Pa., 17105-8551.
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