Friday, July 2, 2010

Libraries and State Parks Offering Free Park Access

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment is partnering with libraries across the state to give Michigan residents a chance to enjoy a visit to a state park for free. Certain libraries across Michigan have “Park & Read” passes that you can check out for free, giving you complimentary day access to state parks. Some of the parks even have hammocks set up so you can enjoy reading a book checked out from the library (see a theme here?) under a canopy of trees.

"This is a great opportunity to try something different. Whether you're looking for time alone or time together, these free passes are a great excuse to go for a picnic, take the kids swimming, or to find your next best fishing spot," said Ron Olson, Recreation Division chief for the DNRE.

If you’re looking for a good day trip from your Ann Arbor home, pop over to a branch of the Ann Arbor Public Library (the Ypsilanti library is also participating), check out a pass, and spent a few hours enjoying nature at one of the many state parks close by. Passes are valid for seven days from check-out, and can be used for one day at any of Michigan’s 98 state parks. For a list of participating libraries, see the DNRE’s Website.

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