Visitors to Mackworth Island in Falmouth and Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth will not have to pay mandatory entrance fees after all. Those fees were scheduled to be implemented next month.

Instead, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands will request voluntary fee payment from visitors at the popular recreation areas, according to a press release issued this afternoon.

The change comes at the request of Gov. John Baldacci.

Baldacci became aware of public concern over the pending change in fee collections and asked officials to revise the plan, said Jeanne Curran, a spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Conservation, in the press release.

“I am concerned at a time when we want to encourage Maine people to enjoy the outdoors and be as physically active as possible that these fees may inhibit such activity,” Baldacci said in the release. “Maine people clearly support these valuable places, and we want them to continue to use these park areas as much as they have in the past.”

Voluntary fees at both park areas for Maine residents will be $2 for adults; $1 for children ages 5 to 11; and free for all others. Non-resident adults will pay $3. There will be metal fee receptacles.

At Colonial Pemaquid, fees still will be collected for those visitors going to the museum, the Fort House and the Fort William Henry area. No fees are required for those visitors going to the boat ramp or the restaurant, or for those visitors who have family members interred at the privately owned cemetery on the grounds, Curran said in the release.


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