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Contact: Island Ford Visitor Center, 678-538-1200
SANDY SPRINGS, GA: On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar introduced a new annual pass for active duty service members and their families granting free access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation, including Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
The pass covers the owner and passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at any Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parking area or boat ramp where the $3 daily use and $25 annual use fees are collected.
Military members and their dependents can pick up a pass at Island Ford Visitor Center at 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA, 30350. For driving directions, please visit our web site, www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/directions.htm. Military members must show a current, valid military identification card (Common Access Card or CAC) and dependents must show a Dependent ID Card (Form 1173) to obtain their pass.
"Military members and their families are especially welcome at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area," commented Superintendent Patty Wissinger. "The new free pass is a great recognition of their contributions and service. They particularly deserve the opportunity to experience the beauty and resources of this country."
About the National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.