Entrance fees could triple next year at Denali National Park

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The national park service is taking input on a proposal to more than double the entrance fees during the peak season in many of the country's parks - including Alaska's own Denali National Park.
If the proposal goes through, the park would increase fees from 10 dollars to 30 dollars between May 1st and September 30th.
This comes after the national park service says it has nearly 12 billion dollars in deferred maintenance expense.
Denali Park alone has a backlog of 50 point 3 million.
If the fee proposal is successful, the additional funds will be used on park activities and the maintenance of roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, and bathrooms.
If, based on public input, the National park service chooses *not to increase fees, Denali would continue to provide the same services they currently offer and prioritize operational maintenance needs that fit within their budget.
Public Information Officer for Denali National Park, Katherine Belcher, says the entrance fee has not increased since 2011.
Katherine Belcher; Public Information Officer - Denali National Park and Preserve>>: "The National Park Service has proposed increasing fees at some of the more highly visited national parks, right now they are targeting 17 (parks.) Here in Denali the impact would be that the per person entry fee that we currently charge would go from $10 to $30 and for a Denali specific annual pass, the price would go from $40 to $75. They are actually just seeking public input on this right now, at this point in time, nothing has changed."
Public comments are being accepted on the proposals from now until November 23, 2017.