From the California State Parks Foundation:
As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day, we at CSPF want to thank all those who have served and who are currently serving our country.
We also want to spread the word that for the first time veterans and active duty military personnel are eligible for free day-use access to California’s state parks on Tuesday, November 11 for Veterans Day. 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.
This new benefit was established January 1, 2014 by California State Parks Foundation-supported legislation Assembly Bill 150, authored by Assemblymember Kristen Olsen (R-Modesto) and signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013. The bill also grants veterans free access on Memorial Day.
“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 Kristen 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.”
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.
We hope you will join us in spreading the word about this benefit to the veterans and active duty military personnel in your life. Perhaps you can even join them on a trip to their favorite state park!
Whether you’re a veteran or not, our California State Parks are a beautiful California resource. Get outside!