Mount Rainier National Park Observes Fee Free Weekends

DATE: 6/11/09


For Immediate Release-_
Contact: Debbie Hannevig, 360-569-2211, ext. 6006

The National Park Service has announced three fee-free weekends this summer
to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit these national
treasures. At Mount Rainier and other national parks, all park entrance
fees, including commercial tour entrance fees, will be waived on the
following dates: June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16, 2009. These fee
free weekends are in addition to the usual fee free days: National Public
Lands Day, which falls on September 26 this year, and Veterans Day,
November 11.

In addition to supporting affordable vacations for families, the Park
Service hopes to give a small shot in the arm to businesses in the area.
Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, announced the fee-free days at a
press conference at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio recently.
ourism 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
economy.

Entrance fees will be waived at the 147 sites across the country that
charge for admission. The 244 other parks do not charge entrance fees.
The waiver does not include other fees, such as fees charged for camping,
reservations, climbing, or use of concessions. For more information on
national parks, go to www.nps.gov.

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