State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

August 24, 2014

By Staff

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.”

Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park locally.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established 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 and the state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife.

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, not overnight stays or rented facilities.

Washington State Parks will have two more free days this year: Sept. 27, in recognition of National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

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