Park user fees constitute 39 percent of the average state park system budget. These park generated revenues have increased over time but are short of fully funding parks and leaves them susceptible to the waxing and waning of budgets and political management.
Another option is private leasing of public parks. When private managers lease the right to provide recreation they typically pay the government a rental fee for land use, a commission on revenues earned, and pay the management expenses. The lessee must provide the visitor with a valued experience at an affordable price to ensure return visits. Private management of public land units through leasing is proving to be a win–win option.
Originally posted at Environmental Trends.