Park fees

County officials say they have found a way to preserve income from fees for visitors who can afford to pay while offering some passes for low-income residents.

A committee appointed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has determined that vehicle entrance fees charged at county parks do not pose an economic barrier for low-income residents. In fact, most residents surveyed by the committee described the fee as an affordable way for a family to spend recreational hours.

In his presentation of the committee’s findings, Parks Director Nicholas Calderon said that “the department has come to understand that while financial barriers do exist for some, so, too, do barriers come in the form of

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