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Lodi Recreation Commission suggests annual pass for parking at Lodi Lake

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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:00 am

Starting this summer, visitors to Lodi Lake Park on Turner Road could have the option to bypass the $4 fee required to park each time they drive in for a picnic or to launch kayaks.

A new annual parking pass was recommended by the Lodi Recreation Commission to get more park visitors to pay the required fees for parking.

"There are people who go virtually every day," said Jeff Hood, director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. "They just know when to get there."

Currently, if there is no one working in the small gate house at the park entrance, no fee is paid for parking. There is no mechanism for visitors to pay on the honor system, or to track cars coming in and out.

The parks department has offered a punch pass for several years in which a resident could pay $40 for 20 visits to the park. But they sold fewer than 40 a year, and without anyone working at the entrance, the cards were not punched on every visit. So the commission advised getting rid of the punch card entirely and creating an annual pass instead.

If the annual pass is approved, residents could fill out an application, pay $50, and have unlimited entry to the park with a small placard to hang from the review mirror of their vehicle.

The card would be assigned to an individual, not a specific car, and would last one calendar year.

Hood suggested offering the pass at a discount to those who purchase it after mid-summer. Since this year's pass would not be available until mid-April at the earliest, the commission decided to offer the pass at $30 if bought after August 1.

Those who do not purchase an annual pass would pay the regular park fee with each visit, either to a present parking attendant or by sealing the fee in an envelope and dropping it into a locked box.

"We need to get people accustomed to paying a fee whenever the park is open," said Hood.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 1:10 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Mr. Morgan, those "get out of jail free" cards issued by past police chiefs are good for season passes, too. LOL

  • Josh Morgan posted at 2:57 pm on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Will the wealthy and well connected be getting free passes?[beam]

  • Sunny Samuels posted at 10:24 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Sunny Samuels Posts: 55

    I would buy this as we take the kids to the park and have kayaks. Maybe the pass should be assinged by household address and when someone drives in (and there is somone working the both) they could enter the pass number and look at the persons drivers license and make sure the addresses match. Even quicker would be a bar code reader the both person could just read and look at the DL. Maybe we could pay a little extra to be able to buy a 2nd pass for another household driver could use as we are not always there together or in the same car.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:48 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 499

    Those annual passes will only work in the same way that the season tickets are abused at the entertainment venues at HSS, with many season ticket holders letting others "borrow" their season passes for free admittance to those events. The only fair and equitable answer for this issue is to staff the entry at all times and make sure everyone pays their fair share for parking and usage. Will it be allowed to let those who can afford season passes let others use their privileges, like the situation at HSS? With HSS assumed to be near one million dollars in the red again this year, maybe changes need to be made to the old system to assure Lodians that there is some oversight to the freeloaders that game the season pass system by lending others their season passes and letting those attend events free while HSS is still floundering? Or is this part of an accepted trade off for those season pass holders?

  • David Diskin posted at 8:47 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    David Diskin Posts: 175

    Yes, please!!! And make it something I can purchase/renew online.



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