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Shoreline Protection and Enhancement Project increases fees at Colonial National Historical Park

York River Shoreline Protection and Enhancement Project is underway at Colonial National Historical Park. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Colonial National Historic Park Facebook page)
York River Shoreline Protection and Enhancement Project is underway at Colonial National Historical Park. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Colonial National Historic Park Facebook page)

The National Park Service at Colonial National Historical Park last month began a shoreline protection and enhancement project along the western shore of the York River, near Indian Field Creek and Felgates Creek.

The project will restrict fishing and other access along the shoreline in portions of the project area until March 1, 2021, according to a news release.

Some Colonial Parkway pullouts will be partially used by the contractor, which will reduce parking availability at these sites.

Colonial National Historical Park will increase its entrance fees starting Jan. 21, 2021 to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience and align with the standardized National Park Service entrance fee structure used by other parks in their category, based on park size and type, according to a news release from the park.

Entrance fees to the park will increase from $10 to $15 per person, ages 16 and older. Entrance fees for those 15 and younger remain free.

An annual Colonial National Historical Park pass will increase from $40 to $45 but remains an incredible value for local residents who visit the park several times each year.

The annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass will remain $80, according to the news release.

All money received from entrance fees remains with the National Park Service — 80% of the entrance fee revenue at Colonial National Historical Park supports projects in the
park, while 20% of entrance fee revenue supports projects at other national parks where fees are not collected.

Additional revenue from entrance fees at the park have funded projects such as the current York River Shoreline Protection and Enhancement Project, according to the news release.

More information about the Colonial National Historical Park is available on the website.

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