Economic Issues: Paying to Play

  • Recreation Enhancement Act Information: The previous Recreation Fee Demonstration program was enacted by Congress in 1996. In December 2004, Congress enacted the Recreation Enhancement Act, which gave federal agencies a long-term, multi-agency recreation fee program. Recreation fees provide crucial resources that allow the federal agencies to respond to increased demand on federal lands. The goal is to provide visitors with a quality recreation experience through enhanced facilities and services.
  • Recreation Fees: Management Improvements Can Help the Demonstration Program Enhance Visitor Services: The 2001 U.S. General Accounting Office report to the Senate subcommittee on National Parks, Historic Preservation and Recreation. It analyzes how well the fee program is meeting the intended goals four years after it was instituted in 1996.