C&O National Park Considering Fees

There is a lot of concern locally in Washington County about fees the National Parks system is considering to impose on the C&O Park.
Alot of good points were brought up at the meeting last night in Hagerstown.  This park is a gem in Washington County and is used by alot of visitors as well as locals for recreational use.  Cyclists, joggers and hikers are found the on the path daily.  Free of charge.
Maintaining the park takes a lot of manpower to cut and trim trees, mow the grass, fill in the ruts and washout from rain water.  Paid park employees are few.
I truly don’t know how they will monitor their fee structure.  They say they will moniter it only in the parking lots.  A huge task in my opinion.  There are so many access points along this 184 mile path.  Who will pay?  Those of us that are honest citizens and try to do the right thing.  Will there be any consequences for those that “sneak” in?  What about those that go to the Potomac River to fish?.  Will they be charged a fee for crossing the path to get to the river?
A lot needs to be considered.  For more information, please read the article that was featured on the front page of the Herald Mail this morning.

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