State parks commission announces 2012 ‘free days’

Published on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Visitors to Washington’s state parks will be able to explore their favorite park for free during 10 days in 2012.

The Washington State Parks Commission has announced 10 “free days” for 2012 during which park visitors can park within a park’s boundaries and not have to pay. A visitor would normally have to pay $10 for an all-day park pass or $30 for a year-long Discover Pass to access a state park via car.

The first set of free days in 2012 is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, January 14 through January 16.

The legislation that created the Discover Pass allowed for up to 12 “free days” at state parks per year. Fees or Discover Passes will still be required at state Department of Fish and Wildlife and state Department of Natural Resources land.

The 2012 free days are as follows:

·         Jan 14 through 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend

·         March 18 and 19 – In honor of Washington State Parks’ 99th birthday on March 19

·         June 9 – National Get Outdoors Day

·         Sept. 29 – National Public Lands Day

·         Nov. 10 through 12 – Veterans Day weekend

For for more information on the Discover Pass, click here. For more information on specific state parks, click here.


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