Ottawa County scraps park photography fees

Ottawa County
Georgetown Township Grand Ravines County Park 100417_411567

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The Ottawa County Parks Department has decided against charging a fee for commercial photographers and videographers shooting in county parks, the Holland Sentinel reports.

In June, park officials said commercial photographers needed to pay for a permit to operate in county parks. Park staffers said the policy was in response to people creating makeshift studios in parks and blocking trails.

However, the Sentinel says officials ran into issues with the reservation software they planned to use to enforce the fees, as well as backlash from community members.

The park commission decided Wednesday commercial photographers will no longer be required to pay a fee as part of the permit process. Those professionals are still expected to apply for a free annual permit, the Sentinel reports.

Park staffers say they will only enforce the permit requirement when commercial photographers violate the park’s policies, according to the Sentinel.   

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