Governor Rell Announces Free State Park Access For Active Duty Service Personnel During Memorial Day Weekend

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Free Memorial Day Weekend Access to More Than 130 State Parks With Military ID

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that all active duty service men and women will be able to visit any of Connecticut’s 138 state parks and forests during Memorial Day weekend without charge. The entry fee will be waived for individuals currently on active duty who present their military identification.

The Governor said the State of Connecticut will waive the fee as both a tribute and a thank-you to Connecticut’s active duty men and women in uniform.

“This is a gesture to recognize our service men and women – and their families –who give so much to our country and who make so many sacrifices,” Governor Rell said. “Many have been away in foreign lands or here in the country serving in supporting roles. This will provide them with a chance to get out to the parks, catch up with their families and have some fun during the official start of summer.”

“It is fitting during Memorial Day weekend that we are able to honor our citizens who are currently serving in the military,” the Governor said. “Connecticut’s state parks offer a great variety of experiences including camping, fishing, boating and just plain relaxing and we hope our service men and women will take advantage of these opportunities.”

DEP operates 106 state parks and oversees 32 state forests. The state park system dates back to the early years of the 20th century.

The lands include:

21 swimming areas and beaches

Eleven historic sites of significance

More than 800 miles of hiking trails

230 lakes and ponds

2,000 miles of rivers and streams

1,300 campsites at 14 state parks for both tent and RV camping

More than 100 public boat launch areas.