- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Free Parking at State Parks in Honor of Veterans Day 2022
Ilyse Wolberg, DCR Press Secretary
Boston — In honor of Veterans Day, the Baker-Polito Administration will once again waive parking fees for all visitors to any Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) state park located throughout the Commonwealth on Friday, November 11, 2022. In addition, interpretive programming will be offered at state parks during the upcoming holiday weekend. Visitors are also 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.
“For generations the Commonwealth’s veterans and active duty military personnel have proudly served our state and nation, and offering free parking at our state parks on Veterans Day is a small gesture of our gratitude for their service,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “Throughout the state parks system there are several historic forts, memorials, and sites that help tell the story of many of the brave actions that were taken on our behalf, and it is my hope that many will visit some of these historic locations and reflect on the sacrifices that were made to ensure our freedoms are protected.”
“Our Massachusetts state park system provides everyone, including our veterans and families with bucolic space in which to gather with loved ones, explore nature and wildlife and enjoy the seasons,” said Veterans’ Services Secretary Cheryl Lussier Poppe. “I am grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration and to DCR for honoring our veterans in this way and making it possible to visit these parks all across the Commonwealth on Veterans Day.”
Massachusetts has a rich military history, with several important sites that are cared for by DCR that memorialize important moments in history. These locations include Fort Independence at Castle Island in the City of Boston, which was used to fortify the area’s coast; Fort Revere in the Town of Hull, which was utilized during the American Revolution; the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower located at the summit of Mount Greylock in the Town of Adams, which is 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 Massachusetts veterans or military campaigns.
“The Department of Conservation and Recreation takes its role as steward of state properties, including those that commemorate the contributions of our military, very seriously in order to preserve these cultural and historic resources for generations to see,” said DCR Commissioner Doug Rice. “The Baker-Polito Administration hopes that the public will take advantage of free parking throughout the state parks system and join us this coming Veteran’s Day as we collectively honor those who served and the sacrifices that they have made for our nation.”
As another way to show our respect to America’s heroes, vehicles with disabled veterans license plates from all states receive free parking year-round at all DCR facilities. To find a full list of DCR managed state parks, please visit the agency’s website.