San Mateo County hikes annual Parks pass, creates free pass for low-income residents

San Mateo County to increase annual Parks pass, make pass free to low-income residents

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Annual passes to San Mateo County parks are slated to rise from $60 to $72 in January, but they will be free for low-income individuals and families.

The price hike will provide new funding to youth programs and will help to offset the cost of making passes free to low-income residents who are eligible for certain economic self-sufficiency programs such as CalFresh, according to the County. Over 150,000 people will be eligible.

“Every resident of San Mateo County deserves the opportunity to enjoy our wonderful parks, no matter their income,” Board President Don Horsley said.

The Board also voted in favor of changes to camping fees at Memorial County Park and to develop separate resident and nonresident rates. Moving forward, tent camping will cost $40 for residents and $45 for nonresidents, while trailer camper will cost $45 for residents and $50 for nonresisdents. New camping rates begin May 2023.

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