Fees to visit Delaware state parks are set to go up, but officials say the extra cost is needed for upkeep.
Ray Bivens, director of the state's Division of Parks and Recreation, told WDEL-AM that the fee hike — set to go into effect on Feb. 15 — will raise $1 million for upkeep.
The fee hikes include:
A daily visitor's pass will rise from $4 to $5 per car.
Seasonal park passes for state residents will go from $27 to $35.
Lifetime passes, available to those 65 and older, will increase from $50 to $65.
Bivens said at Delaware Seashore State Park, the state was down to one daytime crew cleaning the restrooms. He said a morning crew and a night crew are needed to keep up with cleaning.