Will Private Companies Jack up the Entrance Fees?
Generally not. First, operators cannot raise fees without their government landlord’s approval. Second, public recreation is generally attractive to visitors because it is low-cost and offers real value — raising prices and reducing value would only drive customers away. 2009 was a very big year for public recreation precisely because, in a recession, low-cost public recreation options gave many families on a budget a chance to have a quality recreation experience.
Fee issues can be complex and contentious. Here is an interesting example.