Visit a state park during 2 upcoming fee-free days

Staff reportApril 13, 2014 

People wanting to visit a state park will be able to do so for free in the coming days.

The first will be Saturday, the “spring Saturday free day “on the State Parks calendar. The next will be April 22, in honor of Earth Day.

On these days, people entering a state park will not need a Discover Pass. The access pass is $10 a day or $30 a year. The pass also provides access to lands managed by the state departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources. Learn more about the pass at discoverpass. wa.gov.

MOUNT RAINIER WORK PARTY

The first volunteer trails work party of the year coordinated by Mount Rainier National Park Associates is scheduled for April 26.

Park staff and group leaders have not determined where the volunteers will be working. The project location will depend on where the snow has melted out.

If you want to participate, volunteers are asked to send an email to Jon Titland, the group’s volunteer coordinator at volunteer@mrnpa.org. Please include the number of volunteers you will be bringing.

Titland said the April work party is always well-attended, and the group’s trails work parties are limited to 30 volunteers. So signing up early may be a good idea, he said.

The group also has changed the date of its August work party to Aug. 2 instead of Aug. 9.

Volunteers can camp out on the evenings of Aug. 1-2, with a potluck dinner set for Aug. 2.

FOOD AND FUN

Cama Beach State Park is hosting a spaghetti social from 3-7 p.m. April 19. This first-time family event will be hosted by the Center for Wooden Boats. Proceeds will benefit the center. In addition to the food, there will be activities including toy-boat building, arts, crafts and tours of the facilities.

The park is on the southwest side of Camano Island at 1880 SW Camano Drive. The cost is adults $8, youths $6, kids 12 and younger eat for free. It also is a free parking day.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WORK STOPS

Work on the road from the Nisqually entrance to Paradise continues at Mount Rainier National Park, with crews digging trenches and placing conduit, and grinding asphalt.

The work generally begins at 7 a.m. and ends around 5:30 p.m. Visitors should expect up to a 30-minute delay, including no more than 20 minutes of waiting and additional time to follow the pilot car through the construction zone.

Park officials are suggesting drivers shut off their engines while waiting to move through the work area. They say it will save gas, protect the environment and allow you and other visitors to enjoy the moment. The idea is to take the opportunity to look around at spots where usually you are just driving through.

You can find project updates at nps.gov/mora.

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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