Sept. 13, 2004 V.I. National Park in St. John joins national parks across the country to celebrate Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 18, by waiving fees. It means that people can spend the day at Trunk Bay Beach without a fee.
"It's a good time to bring the family and enjoy the snorkel trail," said Beulah Dalmida-Smith, the park's spokesman.
She said that park rangers would be on hand to greet beach goers and answer questions. Rangers are not normally stationed at Trunk Bay.
Trunk Bay is the only area within the park where a fee is charged. While children under age 16 are always free, adults pay $4. A yearly pass runs $10 for individuals and $15 for families.
The park's most popular beach is home to an underwater snorkel trail that explains undersea features.
The beach has lifeguards, a snack bar, bathrooms, showers, and snorkel rentals.
Until about month ago, the park charged a fee to visit Annaberg Plantation, but Dalmida-Smith said that the amount of money collected at that facility did not warrant the cost of the fee collector.
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