New Parking Pay Stations Accept Credit Cards
November 5, 2012
Visitors to Sonoma County Regional Parks
can now pay for day-use parking with credit cards. New parking pay stations
that accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card were recently installed at
Crane Creek, Helen Putnam, Maxwell Farms, Sonoma Valley, Riverfront and Sunset
Beach regional parks.
Electronic pay stations also are coming online this
month at Spring Lake, Ragle Ranch, Steelhead, Healdsburg Veterans Memorial
Beach, Gualala Point, and Westside regional parks.
The units are
replacing the older self-pay stations that require visitors to place cash in
envelopes and drop them into collection boxes. By providing more convenient
payment options, the new equipment is expected to increase compliance with
parking rules and reduce the staff time spent collecting and reporting cash
In addition to accepting credit and debit cards, the parking
machines take $1 and $5 bills. The units produce a receipt that drivers place
on their dashboards, and the receipt is valid at any Regional Park on the day
of purchase. The machines cannot process larger denominations or coins and
cannot make change.
In August, Regional Parks contracted with VenTek
International of Petaluma to buy and install the pay stations. When additional
funding is available, pay stations are planned for Foothill, Hood Mountain,
Pinnacle Gulch, Shiloh Ranch, Stillwater Cove and Tolay Lake regional parks,
the Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail and Wohler Bridge.
Day-use parking is
$7 at all Regional Parks. Frequent park users are encouraged to purchase an
annual Regional Parks membership. Members receive unlimited day-use day use
parking as well as a free night of camping, family admission at the Tolay Fall
Festival, and discounts at outdoor-recreation retailers. Memberships are $69,
$39 for people 60 and older and $23 for people with disabilities.
more information, call Regional Parks at (707) 565-2041.
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