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Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department held a public meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 to present the proposed fee schedule to the public. Below is a detailed copy of the fee schedule that was approved by the Parks Commission. The fee schedule will be presented to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on May 7, 2014 for aprroval with an anticipated implementarion date of June 2, 2014. To download a hard copy of the proposed fee schedule, click here. Comments regarding the proposed fee schedule may be submitted via email to maricopacountyparks@mail.maricopa.gov or via Survey Monkey. Click on the links below to sections...

Annual Passes Desert Outdoor Ctr. Fees Group Camping Fee 
Archery Desert Outdoor Center Wedding Fees Other Fees
Camping Fee (tent and RV) Facility Rental Fee Park Entry Fee - Day Use

 

Park Entry Fee - Day Use back to top
Proposed changes to Park Entry Fees are minimal and include the addition of a new fee called Commercial Passenger Van and increases to fees for school and commercial buses. No other fee increases are proposed in this category.
Park Entry Fees Proposed
Fee
Current
Fee
Proposed
Change
Additional Comments
Vehicle entry, all parks $6.00 $6.00 No change  
Hike/Bike/Equestrian $2.00 $2.00 No change  
Watercraft Motorized $4.00 $4.00 No change  
Watercraft Non-Motorized $2.00 $2.00 No change  
Archery Daily Supply Fee
*Children under 15 are free
$2.00 $2.00 No change  
School Bus - All Parks $15.00 $10.00 $5 Increase  
Commercial Bus
*Motorized vehicle able to hold greater than 30 passengers
$55.00 $45.00 $10 Increase  
Commercial Passenger Van
*Motorized vehicle able to hold between 10 and 29 passengers
$25.00 NEW NEW This new fee has been proposed to capture mid-sized commercial transport vehicles.
Spur Cross Conservation Area
*Children under 15 year are free
$3.00 $3.00 $0.00  

Annual Pass back to top        
Proposed changes for Annual Passes includes increased fees for passes and removal of the current multiple pass types. This proposal creates one pass type where additional services that were previously a different pass type are added (i.e. boating and archery). The main annual pass will now allow access to all Maricopa County Parks, including Lake Pleasant, where the previous system separates Lake Pleasant and Mountain Park passes. These changes eliminate confusion on what type of pass is accepted at what park. The Department is also introducing a Disabled Veteran Discount in conjunction with our request to increase the fees for Annual Pass holders.
Annual Pass Fees Proposed
Fee
Current
Fee
Proposed
Change
Additional Comments
Annual Day-Use Entry Pass
*Allows card holder to access all Maricopa County Parks
$85 $75 $10 Increase Current fee schedule has separate pass for Lake Pleasant access, new pass is for entry to all parks.
Add motorized watercraft $65 $50 $15 Increase Current Lake Pleasant Annual Pass with Boat is $200. Net effect would be a reduction of overall fees for Lake access via Annual Pass of $50/year. In addition, adding more than one motorized boats to an annual pass would see an increase of $15/boat.
Add non-motorized watercraft $30 NEW NEW Allows reduced fee for non-motorized watercraft. Currently, all watercraft type pay the same fee. This proposed fee allows non-motorized annual pass usage with a net effect of reducing the fees associated with non-motorized watercraft by $85/year.
Archery Supply Fee
*Children under 15 are exempt
$48 $40 $8 Increase  
Additional card for household member
*Must reside in same household
$15 $10 $5 Increase  
Replacement card for lost/stolen card $15 $10 $5 Increase  
Senior Discount
*Discount for patrons 65 and older, Day-use pass only
($20) ($10) ($5) Discount means the overall cost does not increase for the senior annual pass.
Disabled Veteran Discount 50% off NEW NEW Patron must complete application to receive discount

 

Camping Fee  (Tent and RV) back to top
Proposed increases for camping fees are recommended. Single site use fees would increase while the reservation, cancellation, and transfer/change fees will remain the same. The Department is also proposing changes to group and youth camping. Fees would now be charged based on group size rather than a per youth or per unit fee. This allows reduced administrative oversight and decreases fees for larger youth and group camping opportunities.
Camping Fees Proposed
Fee
Current
Fee
Proposed
Change
Additional Comments
Single site camping        
Camping Reservation Fee
*Non-refundable reservation fee
$8 $8 No change  
Developed sites
*Designated camping sites with electrical and water hook-ups, dump station access, restrooms, picnic tables and grills.
$30 $25 $5 Increase  
Semi-Developed
*Designated camping site with restrooms, picnic tables, and grills
$20 $17 $3 Increase  
Primitive camping
*Non-designated or designated site, no amenities
$12 $10 $2 Increase  
Shaded RV Sites
*Designated camping sites with water and electricity provided, shade cover
$40 $35 $5 Increase  





Group Camping back to top
*Designated areas for large groups (adults 18 and over), restroom facilities within walking distance
 
       
Group Reservation fee
*Non-refundable reservation fee
$45 $35 $10 Increase  
Small Group area
*Capacity for groups with 1 to 10 camping vehicles
$100 $15/unit
6 unit minimum
n/a Current pricing is based on a per unit charge of $15/unit with 6 unit minimum.
New pricing is based on location size and capacity, removed minimum group size requirements.
Midsized Group area
*Capacity for groups with 11 to 20 camping vehicles
$200 $15/unit
6 unit minimum
n/a Current pricing is based on a per unit charge of $15/unit with 6 unit minimum.
New pricing is based on location size and capacity, removed minimum group size requirements.
Large Group area
*Capacity for groups with 21 to 35 camping vehicles, some capacity restrictions apply at specific parks
$300 $15/unit
6 unit minimum
n/a Current pricing is based on a per unit charge of $15/unit with 6 unit minimum.
New pricing is based on location size and capacity, removed minimum group size requirements.





Youth Camping
*Designated areas for large groups of youth (aged 18 and younger, with parent), restroom facilities within walking distance
       
         
Youth Reservation fee
*Non-refundable reservation fee
$45 $35 $10 Increase  
Small Youth group area
*1 to 10 camping vehicles
$50 $3/person
10 person minimum
n/a Current pricing is $3/per person, required 10 person minimum. New Pricing is based on location size and capacity, removed minimum youth group size requirements.
New pricing is based on size of group and removed minimum requirements.
Midsized Youth Group area
*11 to 20 camping vehicles
$100 $3/person
10 person minimum
n/a Current pricing is $3/per person, required 10 person minimum. New Pricing is based on location size and capacity, removed minimum youth group size requirements.
New pricing is based on size of group and removed minimum requirements.
Large Youth Group area
*21 to 50 camping units, restrictions may apply at certain parks due to location capacity.  For youth groups greater than 50, contact individual park for rates.
$150 $3/person
10 person minimum
n/a Current pricing is $3/per person, required 10 person minimum. New Pricing is based on location size and capacity, removed minimum youth group size requirements.
         
Reservation Change/Transfer Fee
*Applies to all camping categories
$5 $5 No Change  
Reservation Cancellation Fee
*Applies to all camping categories
$10 $10 No Change  

 

Facility Rental Fee back to top
The Department proposes fee increases to ramada rentals and also changes the pricing structure from an hourly rate by picnic table availability to small, medium, and large picnic structures. Classroom rental fees are also increased but would no longer require the additional vehicle entry fee when rented for community and educational meetings with no park usage. Amphitheater rental fees are also increased as well as a new fee requested for San Tan's meeting room.
Facility Rental Fees Proposed
Fee
Current
Fee
Proposed
Change
Additional Comments
Day Use Picnic Areas       Day use rentals in 4 hours blocks (9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and 6:00 pm to close)
Small Picnic Ramada Rental Fee
*2 to 4 Picnic tables, capacity up to 32 individuals
$30 $20 - $30 $0 - $10 Increase  
Medium Picnic Ramada Rental Fee
*6 to 10 Picnic tables, capacity up to 80 individuals
$55 $40 - $60 $5-$15 Increase  
Large Picnic Ramada Rental Fee
*12 to 16 Picnic Tables, capacity up to 128 individuals
$100 $80 $20 Increase  
         
Estrella Ballfield $10/hour $10/hour No Change  
Add lights $5/hour $5/hour No Change  
Amphitheater Rental
*Two (2) hour minimum rental is required
$30/hour $25/hour $5/hour Increase  
Classroom Rental (Business Hours) $40/hour $25/hour $15/hour Increase Business Hours - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Paid rental fee allows use of room for educational and community meetings with no additional daily entry fees required. All other uses require rental fee and daily vehicle entry to be paid at time of admission.
Classroom Rental (After Hours) $60/hour $25/hour $35/hour Increase Paid rental fee allows use of room for educational and community meetings with no additional daily entry fees required. All other uses require rental fee and daily vehicle entry to be paid at time of admission.
Meeting room (San Tan Park only) $25/hour NEW NEW Capacity of room at San Tan is 12 individuals

 

Other Fees back to top
Proposed fee changes under this category are minimal. A proposed increase to photocopy fees and a new fee for bounce houses are the only changes in this section.
Other Fees Proposed
Fee
Current
Fee
Proposed
Change
Additional Comments
Special Use Permit Application fee $75 $75 No Change  
Amplified Music Fee $25 $25 No Change  
Photocopy Fee $0.50 $0.25 $0.25 Increase  
NSF Returned Check fee $25.00 $25.00 No Change  
Bounce House Fee $10 NEW NEW New fee proposed to recover cost of verifying insurance requirements for bounce house operations
Fee-based programming/Special Interest Classes
*As determined by Department
n/a n/a n/a No changes to current wording on existing fee schedule
Coupon books, discounts, incentives
*Department may offer seasonal discounts, coupons, and promotional incentives
n/a n/a n/a No changes to current wording on existing fee schedule

 

Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant back to top
Proposed changes to fees in this category include increases for per person charges for non-school groups and all overnight fees. No proposed increases are requested for the school full day, reservation fee or wedding packages.
Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant Fees Proposed
Fee
Current
Fee
Proposed
Change
Additional Comments
Reservation Fee
*Non-refundable reservation fee
$75 $75 No Change  
Schools
*Rates are per person, 25 person minimum
       
Day Session $10 $10 No Change  
Overnight Use
*Includes use of dormitories
$25 $20 $5 Increase  
         
All other Groups
*Rates are per person, 25 person minimum
       
1/2 day $13 $8 $5 Increase 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Full Day $18 $16 $2 Increase  
Overnight Use
*Includes use of dormitories
$40 $36 $4 Increase  
         
Wedding Packages back to top
*Labor Day through Memorial Day
       
Up to 99 people $3,000.00 $3,000.00 No change  
100-150 people $3,500.00 $3,500.00 No change  
150-200 people $4,000.00 $4,000.00 No change  
Each additional hour $500.00 $500.00 No change  
Each additional rehearsal hour $200.00 $200.00 No change  
Off-season Discount
*Memorial Day through Labor Day 
$1,000.00 $1,000.00 No change  
Ceremony/Amphitheater Only $1,000.00 $1,000.00 No change  
         
         
Last Updated: 11/19/2013        

 

 




 

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