Here is a story for you: The cost of an annual Maine State Park Pass has gone up, although you reported earlier this year that it would not. The price has increased drastically, from $70 to $105 for a vehicle pass.

Why would they want the good people of Maine to pay a higher fee to enjoy the great outdoors? I am a 62-year-old mother and grandmother who loves to support the state park service by giving my kids and grandkids park passes for Christmas.

We were probably just breaking even with the pass, but as I said, I like to support the parks. It is no longer cost-effective for us. And now it will cost more money to enjoy the great state of Maine with the pass instead of paying as you go.

Who are the marketers targeting? Are they going after tourists’ dollars? Fine – then charge the out-of-state purchasers more money, not Maine families that just want to spend time together enjoying state parks.

I don’t have lakefront or oceanfront property to share with my kids and grandkids. This was a way for me to do that. Shame on the state of Maine for putting that access out of our price range.

Go to the National Park Foundation website and find out about their Every Kid in a Park initiative ( This is what it should be about.

Dawn McCaslin England