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Proposed Fee Increase At Shoshone Falls

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By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) It's been 15 years since the admission fees at Shoshone Falls have seen an increase.

But starting next year, that could change.

Over the years, the cost of maintenance and daily operations has increased to the point that a proposed rate increase was the only option.

Currently, the fee to enter the iconic Shoshone Falls Park is three dollars per vehicle, 25 dollars for a season pass, and 30 dollars for a book of 20 passes.

But those prices could be changing next year.

"There was kind of a couple of reasons we’re looking at. Our cost to maintain that facility at Shoshone Falls and Dierkes has increased. Since more and more people are enjoying the facility, we had to have more seasonal help to help us maintain that facility. So we added almost a whole person to help us out," explains Dennis Bowyer, Director of Twin Falls Parks and Recreation.

According to the Twin Falls Parks and Recreation Department, the proposed rate increase won't break the bank.

The proposal states that vehicle fees would increase from three to four dollars, season passes would increase by five dollars, coupon books would rise from 30 to 40 dollars, and bus passes would increase from 20 to 25 dollars.

"Yeah, we're looking at potential revenue of about $64,000. Like I said, a lot of that will just go back into maintaining the park, but hopefully we can start building some reserves so that we can make more capital improvements to that park," Bowyer says.

But how do those who frequent the park feel about a proposed increase?

"I think it's reasonable for how well they keep the park clean and everything that they have to do," park user Jeff Fouts says.

"I don't think it's reasonable. I don't think they should be raising the price of entry to the park," Nicole Fouts says.

"Well, if it helps this place out, I'm okay with it. I really like coming here so.... I don't want to pay four bucks, but I don't mind it," Tanner Lott explains.

"I think it's a good idea because the more money they can do more stuff for this Dierkes Lake," Hope Tappan says.

As the price of everyday work increases, the price of a day of fun must go up, as well.

Tuesday morning the Twin Falls Parks and Recreation Department approved the request for the increase.

Next it will go to the City Council for a public hearing and final approval.

That's scheduled to take place in early August.


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