SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For the first time in California, veterans and active duty military personnel are eligible for free day-use access to California’s state parks on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11. This new benefit was established January 1, 2014 by California State Parks Foundation-supported legislation Assembly Bill 150, authored by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) and signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013. The bill also grants veterans free access on Memorial Day.
“Providing free access for veterans and active military personnel on dedicated days in California not only recognizes the contributions of military personnel and families, but it is a first step in increasing state park access for all Californians,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California State Parks Foundation.
Free day-use access will be provided at state parks currently operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation that are accessible with a vehicle day use pass.
“The passage of AB 150 reaffirmed and strengthened our state’s appreciation and gratitude for the many Californians who have made extreme sacrifices to protect our country through military service,” said Assemblymember Kristin Olsen. “My hope is that the men and women who make up our Armed Forces take this opportunity to enjoy time with loved ones in one of our beautiful state parks.”
Information about park hours, events or amenities can be found at the Department of Parks and Recreation website at parks.ca.gov.
With its 130,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation is the only independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. For more information about California's state parks, visit calparks.org.
November 07, 2014