Maymont to charge fee for Nature Center

Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Effective July 7, there will be a fee to enter Maymont's Nature Center exhibits. Fees will be $2 for children ages 4-12 and seniors ages 60 and older; $3 for youth and adults ages 13 to 59; and free for kids under 4 years old.

Admission will remain free for Maymont members. The Nature Center exhibits will be open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Current public hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.)

"In the current global recession, Maymont is facing a serious budgetary challenge due to decreases in contributed and earned income, government support and endowment. At the same time, more and more people are visiting the park because it is free, but increased visitation adds additional costs to our strained resources," Norman Burns, Maymont Foundation Executive Director, explained.

"The small fee will help to offset some of those costs as Maymont continues to serve as a harbor of hope and diversion for those facing this current economic storm."

The money raised from admission fees will help generate revenue to provide for the continued care of Maymont's animals and to support operating costs that ensure Maymont will be around for future generations to enjoy.

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