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avatar Free admission to all NPS units for 3 weekends this summer
June 02, 2009 01:11PM
National parks plan 3 free summer weekends
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gzaiuT7LXlTTsUAjTqtGuiV7gLqAD98IO2I83

Salazar Announces National Park Service Will Waive Fees on Three Summer Weekends to Increase Tourism, Boost Economy
http://www.doi.gov/news/09_News_Releases/060209.html

Fee-Free Weekends In Your National Parks
http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

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June 20-21, 2009 (Father’s Day weekend)
July 18-19, 2009
August 15-16, 2009
And to make the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this summer’s fee free weekends with the their own special offers.
avatar But wait, there's more.....
June 02, 2009 01:14PM
Special Summer 2009 "Welcome to Your Parks" Offers!
http://www.parkpartners.org/view/324/28725/Special-2009-Offers.html

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK:

Delaware North is offering a $5 voucher good for retail, recreational activities, tours, as well as food & beverage venues at any Delaware North National Park location valid for use on any of the Fee Free Days. To receive a coupon and more information on all the locations that you can redeem the voucher, visit www.ParkSpecialOffers.com.

Delaware North plans additional special offers and incentives ñ so visit the website frequently! Coupons are valid only on the Fee Free Days and would have the following restrictions: good toward retail, food and beverage, recreation and tour purchases; minimum $25 purchase; not valid on alcohol or cigarettes; one coupon per person per purchase; not valid with other discounts.
avatar Re: But wait, there's more.....
June 02, 2009 01:48PM
Good to know - I'll make it a point to be somewhere else those weekends
avatar Re: But wait, there's more.....
June 02, 2009 02:08PM
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szalkowski
Good to know - I'll make it a point to be somewhere else those weekends

I've already got reservations starting one of those Sundays and my annual pass means that I won't be getting any extra benefit. I'm not sure how it works though if one stays past Sunday. I suppose the free weekends means an all-inclusive stay and staying past the Sunday means full admission price if you exit? Or perhaps they give a receipt indicating you got in the door on the free day?
avatar Re: Free admission to all NPS units for 3 weekends this summer
June 02, 2009 07:02PM
Date: June 02, 2009
Contact: Hugh Vickery
(202) 208-6416
Salazar Announces National Park Service Will Waive Fees on Three Summer Weekends to Increase Tourism, Boost Economy

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the National Park Service will offer three fee-free weekends this summer to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit these national treasures. There are 391 national parks located across the country in 49 states.

“During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable vacations for families,” Salazar said at a press conference at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. “I encourage everyone to visit one of our nation’s crown jewels this summer and especially to take advantage of the three free-admission weekends.”

“National Parks also serve as powerful economic engines for local communities and we hope that promoting visitation will give a small shot in the arm to businesses in the area,” he said.
The 147 National Park Service sites across the country that charge fees for entry will waive these entrance fees during the weekends of June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16, 2009, Salazar said.
Meanwhile, many park partners including tour operators, hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and other vendors will offer additional discounts and special promotions on those dates. More information on the fees and discounts can be found at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm .

Visiting Ohio for the first time as Secretary, Salazar also highlighted the $23 million the department is investing in the Buckeye State under President Obama’s economic recovery plan. This includes more than $7 million at Cuyahoga Valley National Park to repair the park’s historic railroad and tackle deferred maintenance projects that have been on the shelf for years.

“The investment we are making in Ohio will create jobs,” he said. “For example, here at Cuyahoga, we are improving a park that already attracts two and a half million people a year, pumps $38 million annually into the local economy and supports 1,000 jobs.”

Most Americans live less than a day’s drive from a park, the Secretary noted. Nationwide, parks last year attracted more than 275 million recreation visits. Spending by non-local visitor provided $10.6 billion for local economies, supporting more than 213,000 jobs, not counting National Park Service jobs.

“Tourism income helps America’s economic recovery,” Salazar said. “National park sites in the Great Lakes states, for example, attract 8 million recreation visits a year that bring $211 million into the local economies. Spending by visitors from out of the area supports 4,400 local jobs. So these areas need to maintain and expand this vital tourism.”

The entrance fees being waived at the 147 sites that usually charge for admission range from $3 to $25. The 244 other parks do not charge entrance fees. The waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.

The National Park Service website provides information to help the public plan their park adventures at http://www.nps.gov.
avatar Re: Free admission to all NPS units for 3 weekends this summer
June 03, 2009 12:30PM
Strangely in contrast to NPS attempts to encourage park utilization and stimulate local economies:

http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/06/03/news/wyoming/65-teton.txt

Grand Teton proposes campground changes
By The Associated Press
JACKSON - Grand Teton National Park is proposing to reduce the number of campsites at one of the park's oldest and largest campgrounds.

An environmental study proposes reducing the number of sites at the Gros Ventre ...campground from 385 to around 308. Three to seven acres of pavement would be eliminated and about eight acres would be restored to native habitat. ....



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