Hi Gang, Rick here at Used Pontoon Boats. The news about craft rentals at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley is mixed for 2008. The park will feature new equipment in the new year, and higher rental fees.
Meanwhile, East Bay Regional Park District directors decided last week that the fee for buses entering parks in Alameda and Contra Costa counties will drop by as much as half, while the fee for professional dog walkers will rise.
The new fees will take effect Jan. 1.
Regional park district facilities in the greater Hayward area include Lake Chabot and Cull Canyon regional recreation areas in Castro Valley; Garin Regional Park, Don Castro Regional Recreation Area and the Hayward Shoreline in Hayward; and Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline in San Leandro.
The Lake Chabot Marina will be replacing old watercraft with 16- to 18-foot electric-powered pontoons and boats.
The new pontoon rentals will be $60 for the first hour, $120 for two hours and $140 for a half-day. Rental costs for the other boats, which are the Duffy brand, will be $70 per hour, $140 for two hours and $170 for a half-day, with a $225 deposit.
In related changes:
-Dog-walker permit charges, unchanged since 2002, will increase from the current $200 a year to $250 for the primary permit. The cost for each other employee of the dog-walking business will jump to $300 from the current $25.
The permits apply to people who walk four or more dogs. District administrators said that commercial dog walking is a "for profit"
business using district lands.
-Districtwide bus parking fees, now $1 per person or $50 for an empty bus, will be reduced to a flat fee of $25 per bus. The district plans to contact schools to inform administrators of the flat rate, in hopes of encouraging more student field trips. For more information, visit http://www.ebparks.org or call 888-327-2757.
Used Pontoon Boats, By Cathy Henry and Rick Ostler
Used Pontoon Boats-North American Waterway
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