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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 18-14



Revisions to Schedule of Prices for State Parks

[48 Pa.B. 43]
[Saturday, January 6, 2018]

A. Summary and Background

 Under section 314 of the Conservation and Natural Resources Act (71 P.S. § 1340.314) and 17 Pa. Code § 11.224 (relating to prices), the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department), Bureau of State Parks (Bureau), will revise its price schedule for State Park activities, uses and privileges effective January 1, 2018. The new schedule, which is in section D, includes revisions to the schedule to add an equestrian campsite fee range, updates to the multifamily overnight unit fees, clarifications of additional charges to base campsite prices and weekly discount language.

 The new schedule includes an increase in the range for multifamily overnight units to allow for implementation of fees at the Penn Scenic property at Laurel Hill State Park. This is only applicable to structures and not campsites.

 Due to the implementation of new equestrian sites at Promised Land State Park, the schedule includes a range to allow for market based pricing for this facility type.

 The new price schedule is comparable to those of state parks in neighboring states, and is needed to increase revenue to the Bureau. In addition to offsetting inflation, the new price schedule narrows the gap between State Parks and private facilities, resulting in a more favorable competitive climate for the private sector.

 The Bureau will be eliminating the specialty pricing for S.B. Elliott State Park Rustic Cabins on the effective date of this notice. The aforementioned facilities were recently upgraded, elevating the site amenities to match those at all other rustic cabins Statewide. The rustic cabins will now be charged the published standardized Statewide rate.

 Finally, the Bureau is updating the language regarding the add-on fee portion to alter the premium classification. Premium add-on will be for weekends as defined by the site type and special events. The holiday fee will be a stand-alone add-on fee. This amendment clarifies that both fees may be charged (that is, Memorial Day Weekend Friday would have the premium and the holiday fee add-on fee).

 In addition to new ranges and an add-on fee adjustment, the Bureau is making adjustments to their cancellation policy and discounts. These modifications follow:

 • The Bureau will eliminate the weekly senior/ADA discount and allow for the standard $4.50 reduction to occur on all 7 days.

 • The Bureau's current cancellation/change policy states ''If you cancel six days or less prior to the arrival date, you will forfeit the first night's fee or $75, whichever is the lesser amount.'' The Bureau will eliminate the section of the policy which states ''. . . .or $75 whichever is the lesser amount.'' The new language for this section will read ''If you cancel six days or less prior to the arrival date, you will forfeit the first night's fee.'' A current reservation cancellation policy can be found at

 The Bureau will also update the current discount language from ''Weekly Discount (per 7 days)'' to ''Weekly Discount (per 7 days/same campsite).'' As designed the software can only provide a discount while on the same site for 7 days. This clarifies that the weekly discount cannot be applied to multiple reservations if a patron elects to change sites or book two different sites.

 For comparison purposes, the current price schedule can be found on the State Parks web site at It can also be obtained by calling State Parks Reservations and Information at (888) PA-PARKS. When the new price schedule becomes effective, it will be posted on the previously listed State Parks web site.

B. Contact Person

 Any questions may be directed to Ryan Dysinger, Assistant Director, Bureau of State Parks, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551, (717) 787-6640, Persons with a disability may use the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service by calling (800) 654-5984 (TDD users).

C. Effective Date

 The effective date of the new price schedule is January 26, 2018.

D. Price Schedule

Facility Type Unit Unit Resident Nonresident
Multifamily Overnight Unit Peak Rate
Multifamily Overnight Unit Friday or Saturday night, per night $280—$1,300 $311.32—$1,600
Multifamily Overnight Unit Sunday through Thursday nights, per night $249.06—$1,100 $280.19—$1,400
Multifamily Overnight Unit Weekly rate $1,338.68—$5,300 $1,463.21—$5,600
Multifamily Overnight Unit Non-Peak Rate
Multifamily Overnight Unit Friday or Saturday night, per night $247.17—$1,200 $284.91—$1,500
Multifamily Overnight Unit Sunday through Thursday nights, per night $194.84—$1,000 $256.60—$1,300
Multifamily Overnight Unit Weekly rate $1,216.04—$5,100 $1,463.21—$5,200
Additional Charges to Base Campsite Price
Premium—Friday, Saturday, Events Per night $4 $4
Holiday Per night on a holiday weekend and holiday day $4 $4
Miscellaneous Camping Prices
Camping Equestrian Site Per reservation/registration $19—$29 $24—$34
Discounts to Campsites
Weekly Discount (per 7 days/same campsite) Per week $15 $17


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-14. Filed for public inspection January 5, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]

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