Forget shopping and head for the parks

By on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

Oregonians and Washingtonians are both encouraged to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving. This Friday both the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission are waiving day-use parking fees at state parks.

In Oregon, the department will waive day-use parking fees in the 26 state parks that charge a $5 daily parking fee. The state parks in Eastern Oregon do not charge parking fees, but people who are heading west to visit friends and family can benefit with an outing.

“The outdoors provides everyone a place to escape pandemic and holiday stress,” OPRD Director Lisa Sumption said.

In Washington, visitors will not need a Discover Pass to park at state parks or on Washington Department of Natural Resources or Department of Fish and Wildlife lands.