Free admittance Saturday at state parks

Free admittance Saturday at state parks

Entrance fees at Alabama’s state parks will be waived on Saturday, National Public Lands Day.

“The past few years have shown us just how important outdoor recreation is to our health and wellbeing,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a written statement. “Spending time outdoors can reset our minds and refresh our spirits. Because of that, I encourage you to visit any of our Alabama State Parks on National Public Lands Day and experience some of the best our state has to offer.”

Alabama has 21 state parks totaling about 48,000 acres of land and water.

“Having quality access to outdoor recreation is a vital aspect of improving the quality of life for all Alabamians,” Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said. “I am honored that Gov. Ivey has made outdoor recreation a priority of her administration. We look forward to continuing our efforts to increase access to public lands and outdoor recreation throughout the state.”

This year, Alabama voters approved the borrowing of $80 million to make improvements and expansions at multiple state parks. That money should be available late this year. https://www.aldailynews.com/state-parks-ready-for-80m-bond-sale-with-list-of-improvements/

“In addition to much needed infrastructure repairs and improvements, we have updated many day use areas and modernized campgrounds throughout the parks system,” State Parks Director Greg Lein said. “We look forward to sharing these improvements with our guests on National Public Lands Day.”

Saturday will also promote the role volunteers play in supporting access to outdoor recreation. For more information, visit alapark.com.