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Posted on: May 1, 2015

15-019 State Parks offers three 'free' days in late spring

No Discover Pass required May 10, June 6, 13

OLYMPIA –May 1, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer three “free days” this month and next month. Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks on these dates. The three dates are May 10, a springtime free day; June 6, in recognition of National Trails Day; and June 13, which is National Get Outdoors Day

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required for vehicle access to 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 on WDFW and DNR Lands on State Parks free days.

The remaining 2015 State Parks free days are:

  • 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, and day access is included in the overnight fee. For information about the Discover Pass, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

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:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at 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.

Media contacts:
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Virginia Painter, (360) 902-8562
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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