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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces Free Parking at All State Parks in Honor of Veterans Day

For immediate release:
11/07/2018
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Free Parking at All State Parks in Honor of Veterans Day

Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary

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BOSTONOn Sunday, November 11, 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration will once again waive parking fees for all visitors at all Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) properties throughout the state parks system in honor of Veterans Day. During the upcoming holiday, interpretive programming will be offered at several state parks. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to participate in self-guided walks and hikes within the state parks system, where there are numerous veterans memorials, military forts, and other notable sites. The fee waiver falls in line with a National Park Service initiative that also provides free admission at federal parks nationwide on Veterans Day.

“The Baker-Polito Administration’s annual tradition of waiving parking fees throughout the Massachusetts state parks system on Veterans Day provides an exceptional opportunity for us all to get outside and enjoy the many natural, cultural, and historic resources that the Commonwealth has to offer,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Additionally, state parks provide great locations to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many during the course of our country’s history.”

“This is a great opportunity for our veterans to be able to sample the states’ natural beauty and outstanding monuments, many of which honor the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom,” said Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco Ureña. “On behalf of the state’s veterans, thank you to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for honoring our veterans. The Baker-Polito Administration has once again demonstrated its strong commitment to the veterans of yesterday, today, and generations to come.”

The Commonwealth has a long and storied military history, with many important sites managed by the DCR that mark important moments in time, including Fort Independence at Castle Island, which was used to fortify the area’s coast; Fort Revere in Hull, first fortified by Patriot forces during the American Revolution; Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower located at the summit of Mount Greylock, which was recently named one of the 100 World War I Centennial Memorials in the nation, and hundreds of roadways, trails, markers, pools, skating rinks, and parks named after specific Massachusetts veterans or military campaigns involving Massachusetts veterans.

“The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is thrilled to uphold the tradition of providing free parking for veterans, their families, and the public at all state parks this upcoming Veterans Day,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “We are proud to care for many of Massachusetts’ cultural and historic resources that pay tribute to those who have served in the armed forces, and this Veterans Day will be an excellent occasion for visitors to experience the state parks system.”

Additionally, the DCR offers free parking at its facilities year round to cars with Disabled Veterans license plates from all states. To find a full list of DCR managed state parks, please visit the agency’s website. For a full list of upcoming programs and events, please visit the agency’s online calendar (the calendar is continuously updated as programs are finalized).

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Free Parking at All State Parks in Honor of Veterans Day

Department of Conservation & Recreation 

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
Image credits:  Blackstone River & Canal HSP/Paul Meleski

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