Supes to discuss fees at Davis Camp, Hualapai Mountain parks
Davis Camp and Hualapai Mountain Park are in need of repair, but doing so will be neither cheap nor easy.
The Mohave County Board of Supervisors could meet in November to discuss the potential adjustment of fees at Mohave County parks, keeping pace with record numbers of park visitors and a growing need for infrastructure improvements.
“It has become increasingly apparent that the aged infrastructure of Hualapai Mountain Park (80 years old) and Davis Camp (70 years old) have met their life expectancy and are now straining our parks maintenance and repairs budget,” said Mohave County Public Works Director Steve Latoski in an Aug. 21 memorandum to the Board of Supervisors.
According to Latoski, Mohave County parks have seen annual increases in total visitors from Arizona and out of state. The increase has caused added wear on restrooms, overnight sites, lodging and trails, while subsequently raising the cost of utilities for parks including trash collection and electricity. At current budget levels for Mohave County Parks, Latoski said, it would take five years to complete water infrastructure improvements at Davis Camp, alone.
Mohave County Public Works administrators hope to raise park use fees for most visitors in order to fund an effort to modernize county parks’ grounds and infrastructure; and to provide additional amenities for visitors.
If changes are approved by the Board of Supervisors, Public Works could charge $10 per vehicle for day use, an increase of $3. The day use fee would not be applied to first responders, active duty military or veterans.
Visitors would be charged $15 to launch watercraft from county parks, an increase of $3. Camping fees would also increase by $3 to $20 per unit. The cost of recreational vehicle sites would increase from $25 to $30, or $35 for a “full hookup” lot. Pet fees would also increase to $5 per pet, daily, or $20 per month.
Improvements to Mohave County camp infrastructures would require about $5 million, according to Latoski.
Mohave County Public Works filed a motion with the Board of Supervisors to set a public hearing for Nov. 5, to discuss and possibly approve park fee adjustments. Supervisors will decide Sept. 4 whether such a discussion will take place.