Following a month-long public comment period in November and approval from the Washington office of the National Park Service, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area will increase the price of annual park passes from $25 to $35, effective May 1. The daily pass price will remain the same at $3.
“The additional $120,000 per year that the park expects to raise from this increase will fund projects our members support and use,” wrote Jim Schulz, president of the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, the official friends group of the area, in a letter of support sent by the group to the National Park Service. The letter cited needed improvements at various restrooms as well as the “BacteriAlert” web site as some of the projects funded by fees at the area.
Annual passes can be purchased in person using cash, check or credit card at the Island Ford Visitor Center in Sandy Springs; over the phone by calling (678) 538-1200; by credit card only at any of six automated fee machines located at the busiest parking areas or on its web site at www.nps.gov/chat (go to the bottom of the home page and click on “Purchase Your Annual Park Pass Online.”)