ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A redesigned Begich-Boggs Visitor Center south of Girdwood will open to the public in about a year. What is now mostly free will then cost a fee.
Chugach National Forest managers want the public to help figure out a fee schedule.
At meetings next week in Anchorage, Girdwood and Whittier, people are invited to discuss possible admission fees within the agency's target range of $3-$5 per person. Visitors presently pay $1 to see a short film; otherwise there has been no charge to visit.
Reconstruction will close the center next fall, winter and spring. Access to part of the redesigned center -- including the welcome area, bookstore and restrooms -- will remain free, said project manager Lezlie Murray.
The fees will be charged for access to the theater and the new, exhibits about the natural and human history of Portage Valley and Prince William Sound. Up to 85 percent of fee collections will be returned to the center, Murray said.
The meetings will be held Tuesday in the Z.J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage, Wednesday in the Glacier Ranger district office in Girdwood; and Thursday in the Begich Towers Homeowners Lounge in Whittier. All are scheduled to run from 7 to 9 p.m.
The deadline for comments is May 19.
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