Outdoor stimulus package: fee-free weekends at national park sites


Speaking of national parks, I just learned that the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees this coming weekend, July 18 and 19, at all national sites that charge an entrance fee. The “fee-free” sites include Acadia, New England’s only national park; the Cape Cod National Seashore; and in New Hampshire, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the three free weekends a month ago at a news conference at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. He noted that most Americans live less than a day’s drive from a national park and referenced “these tough economic times” as a reason for the initiative.

Senator Max Baucus, who represents Montana, gave a pithier statement: “Folks should be able to enjoy our outdoor heritage without going broke.”

The first weekend was over Father’s Day. The third and final fee-free weekend will be August 15-16. Now that’s a stimulus package!

Learn more
For more information about fee-free weekends, visit the National Park Service website.

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