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Chehaw raises prices

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The price of admission is going up at the Wild Animal Park at Chehaw.   The Park Authority voted to increase fees to help cover increased costs at the park.

 For adults, the price will rise 50¢ to $8.25. Admission for children and military members will go up 75¢ to $5.25. There's also a proposed increase for school groups, one that commissioner Roger Marietta wants the authority to reconsider. 

"The park's costs are going up like everybody else's," said Chehaw Director Doug Porter. "Minimum wage went up dramatically this year, which really affects our bottom line. So we felt like it was appropriate to have a modest increase, in the zoo only, the front of the park will remain the same, but we are raising the rates to go into the Wild Animal Park."

The increases will go into effect in 60 days. The authority may reconsider the increase for school groups. The additional fees are expected to bring in about $15,000 more to the park. The park offers free admission four times a year, on 5th Saturdays.


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