After holding steady for over a quarter century, Park membership fees are set to increase effective January 1, 2019. After much consideration at its August meeting, the Bays Mountain Park Association Board voted to approve the first increase in membership fees since June 1992. While each membership level awards free park entry and a 50% discount on zip line rides (seasonal), the new fees and benefits structure are as follows:
- Individual – $30.00 Receive up to two passes per public program (planetarium, nature, and barge ride). All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
- Family – $50.00 Receive up to six passes per public program. All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
- Supporting – $100.00 Receive same benefits as Family level, plus the option to adopt one of our resident animals. If adopting, you’ll receive a certificate of adoption, plus a bio and picture of your chosen animal. All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
- Life – $1,000.00 Receive all of the above benefits plus one private summer barge ride. Barge must be reserved in advance and must take place at 6:00 p.m. June through August. All tickets subject to availability and weather permitting (for nature, barge ride, and zip line).
Although it has been 26 years since the last membership fee increase, the decision to raise these prices was not easy. Recently, meeting the commitments and goals of the Bays Mountain Park Association has become increasingly challenging. Those goals include supporting the Park financially in maintaining and operating the Nature Center and programs, including summer day camp. The Association employs two part-time staff to assist in Nature Center operations, and up to eight seasonal employees. The increased fees will help ensure each of these commitments and goals can still be met.
Known as one of the best bargains in Kingsport, it is hoped the new fees will be viewed in the same way. For many, the cost of a Family membership can be met in just two visits when taking advantage of the offered benefits. The support of Park members is even more vital today with many updates still ahead for the Park. The Bays Mountain Park Association Board and Park staff appreciate the community’s support and hope we can continue to enjoy your friendship and support for years to come.
For more information on Bays Mountain, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.