Free Day at State Parks Saturday

WAstateParksThe Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reminds visitors that Saturday, Sept. 28, is a State Parks free day in recognition of National Public Lands Day. The Discover Pass is not required of visitors exploring their state parks on “free days.” To help celebrate this special day, State Parks have partnered with SUBWAY® restaurants to launch No Family Left Inside.

On Saturday, $5,000 in SUBWAY® gift cards will be given away to the first 100 people who visit select state parks (start times and locations the cards will be available are listed below). The $5 gift cards will be available at:

  • Larrabee near the city of Bellingham – 10 a.m. welcome center
  • Deception Pass on Whidbey Island – 6:30 a.m. Cranberry Lake park entrance
  • Lincoln Rock in Douglas County – 8 a.m. entrance booth
  • Lake Sammamish in Issaquah – 7 a.m. main park entrance
  • Millersylvania near Olympia – 8 a.m. park office
  • Twin Harbors in Grays Harbor County – 9:30 a.m. park office
  • Belfair in Mason County – 9 a.m. entrance booth
  • Dosewallips on the shore of Hood Canal in Jefferson County – 10 a.m. ranger station
  • Fort Worden in Port Townsend – 9 a.m. park entrance
  • Saltwater in King County – 8 a.m. at the park office

Running through the end of September, No Family Left Inside rewards park visitors by honoring their Discover Pass in all 406 SUBWAY® restaurants located in 17 counties throughout Western Washington. Anyone who visits participating SUBWAY® restaurants and shows their Discover Pass during the month of September will receive a free six-inch sandwich with the purchase of a six-inch sandwich of equal or greater value and a 30 oz. drink. SUBWAY® restaurants in the following counties are participating: King, Snohomish, Chelan, Clallam, Douglas, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom.
State parks 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 (DFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass legislation provides State Parks with the ability to 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. A Discover Pass is required to access DFW and DNR lands.

The final 2013 state parks free days are scheduled for November 9 through 11 during the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend. For more information about state parks free days, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov/faq/#freedays.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com

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, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

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 www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

September 25, 2013/ Washington State Parks Press Release