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Money stolen from fee tube at Lane County park

People hoping to watch the annual fireworks show at Fern Ridge have other options to pay for parking after the vandalism, Lane County officials said.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 11:47 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Park rangers discovered a vandalized fee tube at Perkins Peninsula Monday morning, but people hoping to watch the annual fireworks show at Fern Ridge have other options to pay for parking, Lane County officials said.

In addition to the vandalism, an unknown amount of cash was also taken from the fee tube at Perkins Peninsula, which is located alongside Fern Ridge Reservoir west of Eugene.

If you’d like to spend your Fourth of July at Fern Ridge, officials recommend using their mobile app called Passport to pay the $5 parking fee at Richardson and Orchard Point parks, and you can also purchase day passes on the county’s website.

The fireworks are co-sponsored by Lane County Parks and the Eugene Yacht Club.

“We know Fern Ridge is a popular Fourth of July destination for a lot of families,” Parks Analyst Charlie Conrad said. “The damage is unfortunate but we have other options, including a mobile app, available for day passes until the fee tube can be repaired after the holiday.”

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Day passes are valid across all Lane County parks for the specified day.

The Passport app has been available since earlier this year. You can download it on your Apple or Android device.

“The mobile app is being used more and more by our park visitors,” Conrad said. “It has a lot of benefits, including convenience, and for us it also helps reduce theft and vandalism.”

Officials said Lane County parks receive no support from property taxes and the majority of their funding comes from day use and camping fees.

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