Paying More at the Park: NY Fees Rising

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    NEWSLETTERS

    New York State Parks
    Robert Moses State Park

    Heading to the beach? Want to go golfing?  Bring extra cash.

    The price of going to a New York State Park is going up. The state is raising the cost of going to 178 parks and 35 historic sites starting April 3. 

    That includes the parking fees at ocean swimming beaches like Jones Beach, and Robert Moses State Park.

    The fee at the beaches would go up from $8 to $10 per vehicle, so make sure to load up the car and make your friends pay their fair share.

    State owned golf courses will also help rake in the green.

    Golfers heading to Bethpage Black, the home of the 2009 US Open on Long Island will see greens fees jump from $60 to $75 on weekends, and from $50 to $65 during the week. Other state run courses will only see a $3 increase.

    And it's not only New Yorkers who'll be footing the bill.

    The state is planning on an "out-of-state camping surcharge." Another $5 bucks will be added for overnight camping for non-New Yorkers.

    The Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie will also hit your wallet. The state will charge a mandatory vehicle parking fee, and then hope you drop some extra cash in donation boxes set up on the walkway.

    New York Parks officials say the $4 million dollars in fee increases will save the parks from Gov. David Paterson's budget.