The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks (DSP), has reached an interim permit agreement with Diamond Parking Services LLC. for parking operations at Akaka Falls State Park. Diamond Parking Services will begin operating and collecting entrance and parking fees effectiveSaturday (April 25, 2015) and the parks will operate as normal.

Diamond Parking Services was a previous operator of the park in 2010. Its familiarity with parking at these locations allowed it to begin work on short notice.

The agreement provides for both parking management and fee collection for commercial tour operators and non-residents. Residents at both parks do not pay fees.

State Parks plans to seek Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) approval of a more formal agreement at its meeting on May 8, 2015 and will later seek approval for a new, longer term competitive bidding process.

Under the agreements, Diamond Parking Services will pay the state a percentage of fees collected under similar terms approved by the BLNR for Moana Parking Management, LLC which filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection last Friday.