Friday, October 31, 2014

Rec area fees waived Saturday

By The Herald Staff | 9/25/2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving select fees Saturday at its more than 2,400 recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

The waiver includes fees typically charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. It does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving select fees Saturday at its more than 2,400 recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

The waiver includes fees typically charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. It does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters.

In addition, volunteers who participate in National Public Lands Day activities will be issued a fee-free coupon if the volunteer site is participating in the coupon program. Volunteers should check with their local U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more information. Among the local events, a lake cleanup is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clinton Lake, Lawrence. The event begins at Shelter No. 1 in the Overlook Park.

 The fee-free coupon is valid for one year from the date of issue and may be used for one day of entrance or day use fees at any participating federal agency’s park, forest or recreation area that charges either of these types of fees. For more information on the fee-free day and coupons, go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/highlights/fee-free-day-and-coupons

In 2012, more than 16,000 volunteers worked to clean 1,800 miles of shoreline, maintain 111 miles of trails, and plant some 4,700 trees and shrubs at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-operated sites as part of National Public Lands Day.

Such volunteer activities are one way to answer President Obama’s call to service and play a role in supporting America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a press release.

To locate National Public Lands Day events near you, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/

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