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‘Free day’ offered March 30 to commemorate 100th birthday of state parks

OLYMPIA –  Washington State Parks announces Saturday, March 30 is a “free day” when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The March 30 free day commemorates State Parks’ 100th birthday month. The state park system was established March 19, 1913, when the Washington State Legislature established the State Board of Park Commissioners.

Washington State Parks invites the public to celebrate the Centennial of the state park system all year, with events and activities in parks all over the state. Visitwww.parks.wa.gov/events/ for details.

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks.

The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.

 

 

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