Parking at all Oregon state parks will be free on "Green Friday"

Tryon Creek State Natural Area, courtesy Oregon State Parks

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department plans to waive day-use parking fees at the 26 state parks on November 25.

This is the second year Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has invited the public to visit the state parks for free on the Friday after Thanksgiving. They’re calling it “Green Friday.”

"We invite you to join a new tradition: Green Friday," said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. "Why not skip the mall, and instead come out to play with your family and friends at your favorite state park?"

To help celebrate, the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation is hosting special events at the L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Champoeg State Heritage Area and Silver Falls State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They will provide hot drinks and snacks and visitors will be able to deposit entry forms for drawings to win prizes.

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks. The waiver applies to the 26 parks that charge $5 for parking.

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