Motorists who don’t pay the entrance fee into Lodi Lake Park or fail to clearly display an annual pass could be fined $50 if caught under an ordinance being introduced at Wednesday’s Lodi City Council meeting.
The city has charged entry fees to the park since at least 1976, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Jeff Hood said in a staff report.
The city council set the current fees in 2011, and in April they established an annual pass rate.
The proposed ordinance specifies that proof of entry fee payment must be displayed. Those failing to do so will be issued a citation.
“We just want to make sure people pay,” Mayor Alan Nakanishi said, adding that the ordinance will allow the city to enforce its new rules.
Beginning this month, the city started collecting fees for vehicle entry into the park whether or not a gate attendant is on duty. A self-serve pay station is available directly north of the entry gate. The self-serve pay stations have not been accepting money.
Residents are required to pay $4 per day, while non-residents are charged $5. Seniors age 62 and over and people with disabilities receive a discount; fees are $2 for Lodi residents and $3 for non-residents, but a placard must be displayed on the vehicle.
An annual pass per calendar year is $50 and must also be displayed, by hanging from the rear-view mirror.
Boat launch fees per trailer and/or motorized craft are $5 daily, in addition to the vehicle entrance fee.
Those who walk or bicycle into the park are not charged an entry fee.
The ordinance does not change the fees, but instead give Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services a means to collect the previously established fees, whether a gate attendant is on duty or not, Hood said in the staff report.
Education efforts on the changes have already begun, he said.
If approved by the city council, the ordinance will go into effect Aug. 16. Enforcement will be handled by park police officers.
It is unknown how much additional revenue this change could provide to the city’s General Fund, Hood said in the report.
There will be a minimal cost for updating the signs.
The Lodi City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.
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