Oregon Park Fees Waived on Black Friday

Posted by West Columbia Gorge Chamber on Monday, November 23, 2015

This Friday, while many are packed into local malls and department stores, Oregon State Parks is giving everyone the opportunity to give thanks for our wonderful Oregon State Parks for free. Memaloose and Ainsworth State Parks in the Columbia Gorge (and all State Parks across Oregon) will have no parking fee, and offer lovely scenery for hiking and picnicking. An added bonus, the forecast is calling for clear weather on Friday; even more reason to go out and enjoy Oregon!

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.”

 SRC: Find out more information and a map of Oregon State Parks here:  www.oregonlive.com/window-shop/index.ssf/2015/11/oregon_parks_black_friday.html

SRC Photo: beartracksblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/img_1604-memaloose-state-park-campground.jpg

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Categories: Ainsworth State Parks, Black Friday, Columbia River Gorge, Hiking, Memaloose State Park, Oregon State Parks, picnicking, Uncategorized