AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine residents will be recognized this coming Sunday, Fathers Day, for their continued support of Maine state parks and historic sites with a free-admission day at all 48 state-owned and -operated locales, according to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) officials, under the Maine Department of Conservation.
“We want to say thank you to all Maine residents who year after year support our beautiful state parks and historic sites with a special day just for them,” Will Harris, BPL director, said. “We hope many Mainers will come out and enjoy a wonderful, fun day outdoors with their dads and granddads and great-granddads.”
The details of the free parks admission are:
- Maine Residents Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, June 17; all vehicles bearing Maine license plates will be allowed free entrance to Maine state parks and historic sites. No rain date will be available. The open admission does not apply to Baxter State Park or the Penobscot Narrows Observatory in Prospect, though admission to Fort Knox State Historic Site will be free that day.
The day, coincidentally, also is Fathers Day, and park staff throughout the park system is expecting it to be a great day to honor the paternal side of the family.
Last year, more than 2.4 million people visited Maine state parks and historic sites for day use and camping. So far, this year’s park attendance and camping use is about 33 percent higher than last year’s figures for the same time period, according to BPL statistics.
“The forecast is for warm, sunny weekend weather, and we’re expecting a strong turnout,” Harris said.
For more information about Maine state parks and historic sites, go to: http://www.parksandlands.com
June 12, 2012