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PHOENIX -- You could soon be paying more to visit the 10 regional parks in the Maricopa County system.

A proposal by the county Parks and Recreation Board calls for increasing entry fees on school buses by $5 and commercial buses by $10. It also creates a new $25 entry fee for commercial passenger vans that hold 10 to 29 passengers.

Under the plan, people who buy an annual day-use entry pass would pay an extra $10 while visitors using motorized watercraft would pay $15 more for an annual pass.

The proposal also calls for adding a new $30 annual fee for non-motorized watercraft. Reserving camping space, picnic ramadas and classrooms would also cost more.

If the plan is approved, disabled veterans who complete an application would be eligible for a 50 percent discount. The parks include:

Adobe Dam Regional Park
Buckeye Hills Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Desert Outdoor Center
Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
Usery Mountain Regional Park
White Tank Mountain Regional Park

A hearing to gather public input will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, located at 234 N. Central Ave., Suite 6400, in Phoenix.

You can also provide comments by emailing maricopacountyparks@mail.mariocpa.gov.

A detailed breakdown of the plan is available at maricopa.gov.

Christina Estes, Reporter

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