25 Nov 2015

For Black Friday, Washington and Oregon are waiving park fees: 'Take a break, get out, and enjoy some fresh air.'

Want to get outside instead of hitting the crowded stores on Black Friday? No problem.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is waiving day parking fees on Friday, Nov. 27, at all 26 state parks that charge one. Normally, the day-use parking fee at those parks is $5.
Without naming the retailer, the department cited REI's announcement to close on Black Friday as a key factor in the decision. The company is paying its employees to take the day off while urging shoppers to spend the day outside.
"Rain or shine, windy or not, we're thankful Oregon's outdoors are a constant source of joy," department director Lisa Sumption in a statement. "Take a break, get out, and enjoy some fresh air."
See a map of Oregon state parks here.
Meanwhile, Washington state is also waiving parks fees on Black Friday: Entry to both Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks is free that day.

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