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

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. Visit for details.
The State Parks and Recreation Commission selected most of its 2013 "free days" in conjunction with the National Park Service's free days. State Parks' free day schedule for 2013 is as follows:
January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
March 30 in honor of Washington State Parks' 100th birthday month
April 27 and 28 in cooperation with National Parks Week
June 1 National Trails Day
June 8 and 9 National Get Outdoors Day
August 4 Peak season free day
September 28 National Public Lands Day
November 9 through 11 Veterans Day Weekend.

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.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks, Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks blog site at
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19 and invites the public to join the celebration at events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information,
Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington's beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit
Washington State Parks is on Twitter at WaStatePks_NEWS and YouTube at WashingtonStateParks.

Saturday, 30 March, 2013
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