OLYMPIA — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will celebrate the spring season and Earth Day with two free days at state parks in April. On free days, visitors do not need a Discover Pass for day-use parking.
The first free day is April 20 —a springtime free day. The next free day is April 22, in honor of Earth Day.
The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass. The pass costs $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a one-day permit. It is required for vehicle access to 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. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.
The remaining 2019 State Parks free days are as follows:
- June 1 — National Trails Day
- June 8 — National Get Outdoors Day
- June 9 — Free Fishing Day
- Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday
- Sept. 28 — National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
- Nov. 29 – Autumn free day