I saw this on the Travis County website regarding Reimers Ranch Park https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/reimers-ranch:Anyone hear they are charging an additional $5 to get into the parks, and that's over the annual Park and Trailer Pass?
Not sure if this is the park you were referring to.ALERT: Fee Change Starting May 1 Through September 30, on every weekend and holiday - A $5 surcharge will be applied to all vehicles on summer weekends and holidays. This $5 fee will be in addition to the Day-Use entrance fee. It will NOT apply to those with Annual, Senior Lonestar, and Veteran Lonestar Permits. The fee will not be assessed on weekdays that are not holidays. This added fee is necessary to help offset the costs of operating the park during times of peak visitation.
Apparently this new fee was approved by the Travis County Commissioners at the March 8, 2017, meeting (https://traviscountytx.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1535&Inline=True). I also found this on another website:My Buddy Yung everyone knows him as RudeHO here, said he had the annual pass and had a yellow slip on his truck window last weekend for the additional $5 ?
This item was voted on during the Mar 8 Commissioners Meeting (see below). It's a little lengthy and disjointed, but it looks like the Assistant Director of Parks (and presumably the Director), as well as Tim Spire and Dan Perry, all collectively came up with this scheme. It was then voted on and unanimously approved by all Commissioners on Mar 8. An earlier meeting is referenced but I can find no trace of it. I plan to communicate my displeasure by email to all the County Commissioners.
"10:40 AM Judge, Commissioner , this item was discussed in work session on February 20 r. 25th and have the assistant director of parks who will give you a 10,000-foot flyover of the fees. If you have any questions, we have tim spire and dan perry who can fill in the gaps. Robert, i'll let you go.
10:41 AM Take it away, robert.
Good morning, judge, commissioners. The first item wehad was temporary concession site fees. We currently have a couple of site fees for conoessions at northeast metro park skate park. We would like to expand that and allow that for all of our parks to have that same rate. We also recommend removing the 50-dollar deposit for the concession fees for those. Next item is bmx event parking fees. We have a national bmx race coming up April 1st through 3rd. We had set our fees a couple of years ago and we're recommene ng to change one of the -- a couple of the fees to the two-day passes and three-day passes. Two-d y pass for $15. Thtee-day passfor 25. We've never had an event there yet, so we're going along with what the bmx community is used to for charging for events. We would also like to eliminate the trailer parking fee for those events. Regarding the trailer fees at other parks, most boats on the lake, we haven't raised that fee since 2003. We'd like to recommend raising it from two dollars per day per trailer to five dollars per day per trailer. And an increase to the trailer annual permit fee from $30 to $50. We have a couple of modifications on park pavilion rentals. On east metro park we have two different fees. One is $400 for the full day and 50-dollar per h r for minimum of four hours. We recommend doing away with the hourly option and have only the full-day rental option. We were finding that most eventsstake the full day. We had thought t at we might be able to accommodate two events per day, but just staffing wise and cleaning up. And most people who do the four hours May stay a little bit longer anyway by the time they have the event. With mansfield dam and bob went pavilioi we also had hourly rates and we would like to change that to full day rental of $50. A new fee we would like to implementt in January would be establishing weekend pricing at reimers ranch park, mansfield dam park and loop 360. A couple offyears ago we adam bennett surcharge to hamilton pool and to hippie hollow. We would leak to recommend adding on weekends and holidays to go that five dollar additional fee starting in January of next year. When we had the work session we also talaed about hamilton pool, doing the reservatioi fee. And we would like to bring that back later this month. That one we're still working on some technical difficulties on the reservation system.
10:43 AM So we have a slate of fee increases that have been previously discussed so I have a motion for the slate of increases.
Do I have a second? I will second your motion, Commissioner Daugherty. Is there discussion on the park fees? No discussion? All those in favor? That passes unanimously -- oh, 5-0, Commissioner Gomez just indicated her vote from the wings."
You're quite correct Ander. When I first saw the notice at Mansfield it did include those with annual passes. I was even charged the extra $5 the first weekend it went into effect. Then I went fishing at Pace Bend last weekend and wasn't charged. Guess they did get a lot of blow back from those with annual passes. I mean come on they already went up $20 on the trailer permit!So it does not apply to those with an annual pass... They must've changed their mind on that one because when they originally announced this a while back, it was going to apply to annual pass holders as well. They must have met some opposition there. :-D
It sounds like the problems that were first experienced at the parks were due to communication issues as to what the new rules actually were.News & Alerts
ALERT: Fee Change Starting May 1 Through September 30, on every weekend and holiday - A $5 surcharge will be applied to all vehicles on summer weekends and holidays. This $5 fee will be in addition to the Day-Use entrance fee. It will NOT apply to those with Annual, Senior Lonestar, and Veteran Lonestar Permits. The fee will not be assessed on weekdays that are not holidays. This added fee is necessary to help offset the costs of operating the park during times of peak visitation.