Parking is free at state parks this Friday

The National Parks System is celebrating its 101st anniversary, so officials with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission are lifting entrance fees, including the requirement for drivers to carry a discover pass, for state parks on Friday, August 25.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission offers a handful of free days throughout the year. These days are permitted under the 2011 legislation that created the Discover Pass, which is required to access state 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,” read a statement from the commission. “The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.”

The next free days are Saturday, September 30 on National Public Lands Day; Saturday, November 11 on Veterans Day; and Friday, November 24 on the commission’s Autumn free day.

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