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National Park Announces Elimination of Entrance Fees

Post Date:02/16/2017 9:02 AM

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
P.O. Box 218, State Route 24
Appomattox, Virginia 24522
434-352-8987 phone 434-352-8330 fax

Appomattox Court House News Release
September 8, 2016
Contact: Ernie Price
Phone No: 434-352-8987 Ext. 227
Release Date: Immediate 

Appomattox Court House NHP Announces Elimination of Entrance Fees

Appomattox, Va. – Appomattox Court House National Historical Park will no longer charge entrance fees for visitors to the park beginning October 1, 2016. After analyzing the costs and benefits of the recreational fee program, park leadership determined that it is in the best interest of both the Park and the public to eliminate entrance fees. The current entrance fees for vehicles ($10, $5/motorcycle), the park annual pass ($15), and the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, including the lifetime Senior Pass for U.S. citizens 62 years and over ($10) and the Annual Pass ($80) will remain until October 1.

“Through our analysis we found that the growing administrative burden of maintaining our fee program was not sustainable,” reflected Park Superintendent, Robin Snyder. “This decision is the right thing to do for both visitors and staff, who can now focus their time and talents on the core missions of the National Park Service.”

Remaining revenue from entrance fees will continue to be used to carry out many mission- critical projects, including an accessibility study for the park and a comprehensive trail study to provide more opportunities for all visitors to explore park stories and resources.

“Appomattox Court House NHP has, and always will, welcome donations from park visitors, supporters, and advocates,” Snyder added. “Donations will continue to augment visitor programs and support the park’s mission.”

The America the Beautiful passes will no longer be obtainable at Appomattox Court House NHP, except for the following three: the free active-duty Military Annual Pass; the Access Pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities; and the 4th- Grade Every Kid in a Park Pass.

All America the Beautiful National Parks passes may still be purchased at most federal recreation sites that collect entrance fees or by applying at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.

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About Appomattox Court House National Historical Park: On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the nation's largest war. The stories of Appomattox Court House go far beyond the final significant battles of this nation's Civil War. Learn more at www.nps.gov/apco and on Facebook simply search Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

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