Georgia state parks will be open for free on Sept. 27 in honor of “Your State Parks Day” and thanks to the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, which is picking up the tab.
The day coincides with National Public Lands Day. National parks will also be open for free on the day.
“‘Your State Parks Day’ is about providing opportunities to practice stewardship through volunteer projects at state parks and historic sites,” Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites Executive Director Andy Fleming said in a news release. On the day, the organization is paying historic site admission fees or the $5 parking fee for all visitors.
“We welcome all Georgia residents and visitors interested joining us on ‘Your State Parks Day;’ however, it is important to remember that the need to preserve our parks for future generations isn’t limited to a single day,” Fleming added. “It is our hope that the individuals and families who volunteer with us on September 27 will continue to make a difference at parks throughout the year.”
In addition to the fee-free day, visitors will have the opportunity to volunteer for a number of projects at parks around the state.
“We wouldn’t be able to offer the activities and facilities that we do without our volunteers and Friends members,” Becky Kelley, Georgia’s director of state parks, said in a news release. “Even those who come out for a few hours during Your State Parks Day are making a difference. Many have such a good time that they come back as regular volunteers.”
For more information and a complete list of events planned for “Your State Parks Day,” visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/stateparks-day.