City revises boat launch fee structure

By Dennis Box-The Courier-Herald

Bonney Lake is decreasing the proposed boat launch fees for Allan Yorke Park before the higher rates could even take effect.

The city was planning to charge nonresidents $20 per round trip launch at the Allan Yorke Park boat launch. City residents were going to be charged $25 for a yearly pass that would allow 20 round trips.

Community Services Director Gary Leaf reported to the City Council March 6 that due to a state grant that was used to build the boat launch, the fee structure had to be adjusted.

The fees cannot be higher than similar facilities. The county's Lake Tapps North Park charges $17 - $10 to launch and $7 to park.

The council agreed to drop the nonresident fee to $17 and make the launch free to city residents.

The state's Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation and Washington code state if residents are charged it must be at least 50 percent of the nonresident fee.

Council members decided free would be easier and fairer to residents.

“The main reason for raising fees is not revenue,” Leaf said. “We need to control access to the lake.”

Leaf said the revised fee measure will go before the council for a vote before May. The plan is to have the new fees and an automated two-lane control system with bollards in place at the city's boat launch by Memorial Day.

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