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California state park fees to rise next week

August 12, 2009 | 10:58 am

Mt.sanjacinto It will cost more to visit many California parks starting Monday.

Day-use parking fees will increase by $2 to $5, depending on the park, and camping fees will rise by $10 to  $21 a night, according to state parks Director Ruth Coleman.

“In these dire economic times, we can no longer afford to keep our fees at their current levels,” Coleman said. “The people of California understand that by charging more, we will be able to keep more parks open and preserved."

A list of parks where fees will rise will be made available when the increases go into effect, Coleman said.

The increases will not be enough to keep all state parks open, so officials are still seeking financial help from businesses and other sources.

The fee hikes and potential park closures are a result of deep budget cuts recently enacted by the Legislature and governor. Those include three furlough days per month for parks workers.

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: A trail marker at Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Credit: Beatrice DeGea / Los Angeles Times