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Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
There are nine more reasons to enjoy Olympic National Park this year! The park will offer free admission on nine days in 2015.
The 2015 entrance fee-free days are:
·January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
·February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
·April 18-19: National Park Week's opening weekend
·August 25: National Park Service's 99th birthday
·September 26: National Public Lands Day
·November 11: Veterans Day
"Our public lands protect and preserve our most treasured and significant places for the American people," said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum."Dramatically beautiful and diverse, Olympic National Park boasts some of the greatest ecological variety in the country. Fee free days offer an extra incentive to visit and discover this amazing place."
Olympic National Park protects 922,651 acres encompassing three distinctly different ecosystems - rugged glacier-capped mountains, more than 70 miles of wild Pacific coast, and magnificent stands of old-growth and temperate rain forest.
Usually, Olympic National Park has an entrance fee of $15 per car. On fee free days, other park fees, including wilderness camping and campground fees, will remain in effect.
A National Park Service (NPS) report issued in July of this year showed that in 2013, 3,085,340 visitors to Olympic National Park spent $245,894,100 in communities near the park. That spending supported 2,993 jobs in the local area.This year's visitation is on track to exceed last year's, with 2,949,254 recreation visits recorded through the end of August 2014.