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Posted on: August 10, 2015

15-054 Washington State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

Special day honors 99th birthday of National Park Service

OLYMPIA – Aug. 10, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Tuesday, Aug. 25 is a state parks ‘free day.’ Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The ‘free day’ is in honor of the 99th birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916. State Parks ‘free days’ are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and  Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). 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. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days.

‘Free days’ apply only to day-use visits with vehicles, not overnight stays or rented facilities.

Washington State Parks will have two more ‘free days’ in 2015: Sept. 26, in recognition of National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.


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.

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Media contact:
Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service:  (800) 833-6388


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