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State Parks announces free day dates for 2017 DISCOVER PASS NOT REQUIRED TO VISIT PARKS ON DESIGNATED DAYS

 


The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will again offer 12 free days next year, in which day-use visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle. The “free days” for 2017 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 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. “State Parks free days are a great opportunity for those who have yet to purchase a Discover Pass to explore one of Washington’s 124 state parks,” said State Parks Director Don Hoch. “Then, we hope the visit will inspire people to help support their state park system by buying a pass.” New for next year: State Parks will offer an autumn free day on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, the day after Thanksgiving. The 2017 State Parks free days are: Jan. 1 (Sunday) First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day Jan. 15-16 (Sunday-Monday) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March 19 (Sunday) State Park’s 104 th birthday April 15 (Saturday) Springtime free day April 22 (Saturday) Earth Day June 3 (Saturday) National Trails Day June 10 (Saturday) National Get Outdoors Day Aug. 25 (Friday) National Park Service 101 st Birthday Sept. 30 (Saturday) National Public Lands Day Nov. 11 (Saturday) Veterans Day Nov. 24 (Friday) Autumn free day More information about the Discover Pass is here: http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

 

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