November 23,2014 –
Higher Entry Fee To National Parks – Visalia Pushes For Three Park Deal – Sequoia Shuttle Has Good Year
National parks will be raising their entrance fees next year to $30 for a 7-day pass form $20 today.The annual pass will go from $30 to $50. Recently the Visalia City Council asked the NPS to consider a seven-day pass qualifying for all three local National Parks including Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite as a way to encourage distance visitors to come to the Central Valley for a vacation or long weekend, while also encouraging local residents to visit more National Parks in the area. A three park pass could be marketed by Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fresno Airport and Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau they say.
Meanwhile the city council heard that the Sequoia Shuttle bus service, in its 8th year this summer,showed all time high readership even though service was less. It carried nearly 10,000 passengers up the hill. Inside the park they carried 424,000 passengers – down slightly from last year. Also with a grant, 1,500 seats will be available through during the 2015 Sequoia Shuttle season to carry local school kids to the parks that many have never visited.