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Visit state parks for a ‘free day’ No Discover Pass needed for State Parks’ 102nd birthday

March 19, 2015

“These free days are great way for people to explore a new park or return to an old favorite,” said Commission Chair Pat Lantz of Gig Harbor. “Once people realize just what they have in Washington state parks, we hope they consider buying a Discover Pass. Revenues from the pass are so important; they help keep our parks open and accessible.”
For information about Discover Pass, visit online at www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov<https://www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov>.
Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. Discover Pass is required to access DFW and DNR Lands on State Parks free days.

The remaining 2015 State Parks free days are as follows:

*         April 4 – (Saturday) A springtime free Saturday

*         April 22 – (Wednesday) Earth Day

*         May 10 – (Sunday) A springtime free Sunday

*         June 6 – (Saturday) National Trails Day

*         June 13 – (Saturday) National Get Outdoors Day

*         August 25 – (Tuesday) National Park Service’s 99th  birthday

*         September 26 – (Saturday) National Public Lands Day

*         November 11 – (Wednesday) Veterans Day
The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks. Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations; day access is included in the overnight fee. The Discover Pass does not replace the Sno-park permit requirement for use of Sno-Park winter recreation sites.
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About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
Follow Washington State Parks:

*         www.parks.wa.gov<https://www.parks.wa.gov>

*         Facebook:  www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks<https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks>

*         Twitter: @WAStatePks

*         You Tube: www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks<https://www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks>

*         Foursquare: www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks<https://www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks>
Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com<https://www.AdventureAwaits.com>.
Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov<https://www.discoverpass.wa.gov>.

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