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OHIO STATE PARKS TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING TO AMEND AND ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A public hearing on proposed rule and fee changes for selected state park special services is scheduled for Jan. 7, 1994, at 1:30 p.m.
 The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Parks and Recreation will hold the hearing in Columbus at the Assembly Center at Fountain Square, located in Building E-1 of the ODNR complex. Public participation is welcome.
 A variety of issues will be addressed during this meeting including user fees for seasonal docks, camping, rent-a-camp, cabins, group buildings, shelter houses and meeting rooms. Other topics include fees for Hocking Hills' swimming pool, Malabar Farm house tours and memberships, duck blinds, winter storage, Muskingum River Parkway lockage, Lake Milton permit applications and special activity permits. Camping rules and state parks designated for hunting migratory game birds will also be on the agenda.
 Small fee increases will affect four of the 10 state-operated cabin locations, 10 of the 25 parks with docks, and less than half of the state park campgrounds. Other rule changes were filed in response to customer feedback gathered during a 1993 visitor survey to assist the Ohio State Parks in becoming more customer responsive.
 "The revised fee structure will better enable us to recover the direct cost of providing special services as well as help us do a better job serving the public," Division of Parks and Recreation Chief Glen Alexander said.
 According to Alexander, such rules are necessary and appropriate for the proper management and control of lands and waters administered by the Division of Parks and Recreation as well as for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public.
 The proposed rules were filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review on Nov. 23, 1993. Persons who cannot attend the meeting may send comments in writing to: Chief, ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation, 1952 Belcher Dr., Columbus, OH 43224-1386. Copies of the proposed rules are available in the Office of the Chief of the Division of Parks and Recreation.
 State park day-use facilities such as swimming beaches, picnic areas, hiking trails and launch ramps can be enjoyed by the public free of charge. While many states have imposed entrance fees for their parks in recent years, Ohio remains one of only 10 states in the continental United States with no entrance fees. Ohio's state parks will continue to provide day-use access for all park visitors.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Kus, Division of Parks and Recreation, 614-265-6526, or Jeanne Hoffman, Media Relations, 614-265-6886, both of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources/


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