Georgia parks may raise parking fees to $5

One day you may put away the $1 bills and break out a five when you pay to go to a state park to play.

Georgia's Department of Natural Resources is suggesting state park fees be raised from $3 to $5.

Visitors to state sites such as Pine Mountain's Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park are familiar with the fees commonly paid by slipping bills into an envelope and stuffing it in a collection box, leaving a slip on their rearview mirrors or dashboards to prove they paid their way.

Revenue from the fees funds maintenance at Georgia’s 63 state parks and historic sites. If the department's board approves the increase, the daily fee will increase to $5, and an annual pass from $30 to $50, on May 20.

The proposal is posted at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org. A public hearing in Atlanta will be April 6 in Atlanta. Comments will be accepted through April 24. The board will vote on the increase April 29.

Public comments will be heard 9 a.m.-noon April 6, in the DNR board room, 1252 Floyd Towers East, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta.

Written comments should be mailed to Sherry Crew-Jay, Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites Division, 1352 Floyd Towers East, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Ga., 30334

E-mailed comments should go to director@dnr.state.ga.us or via www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.