TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - A public hearing was held Monday night at Twin Falls city council to consider raising the price of vehicle entry fees into Shoshone Falls and Dierkes Lake Park.
Twin Falls city council approved with a vote of 5 to 0 to raise the fee from $3 to $5 for individual vehicles.
Parks and recreation director Wendy Davis said the costs of cars, buses, the coupon books and season passes are what pays for the park maintenance. However, that doesn't include road construction.
She said it's been a while since they've had their roads fixed, as the streets are not city roads, they're part of the park.
"It’s been a long time since any work has been done on it. There’s been some thoughts of trying to widen it a little bit, to make it easier for cars to pass in some of the tighter places. We’re looking at a fairly involved project," Davis continued. "Another project that’s on my radar, I’d like to do some improvements of the Dierkes Lake parking lot and create some better access."
She said they'd possibly add some sidewalks to get to Dierkes Lake.
They would also like to spend about $10,000 to make the improvements to the ticket booth as well.
"The ability to take credit cards is what we’re trying to implement. And so we can do hot spot, I've got quotes to run Wi-Fi down to the booth, which would allow us to accept the credit cards," she said. "Which is the other big request that we have down there."
Davis believes the increase of the vehicle fee will be able to supplement the desired improvements to the ticketing booth.
While some may be opposed to this increase in price, she said they do think about the locals who visit. She said there are alternatives.
"I think that by keeping the passes and the coupon books the same, those favor the people who come by regularly and if they choose to go that route, then they don’t have to pay the $5 per time. Or, they can always walk in or bike in," she said.
Road construction projects are still in talks. She said they are working on a master plan for Dierkes Lake and looking at costs for the project.
They plan to start collecting $5 per vehicle come this season, which Davis hopes to start by March 22 or April 1 at the latest.