Visits to Washington's state and national parks will be free Monday, Aug. 25, to mark the 98th anniversary of the National Park Service.
The National Park System comprises 401 areas covering more than 84 million acres. It was created by the Organic Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on Aug. 25, 1916. It expanded the protection of public lands that began under the previous administration of Theodore Roosevelt, who signed the landmark 1906 Antiquities Act and used its provisions to create 18 national monuments.
The free day applies to national parks but not national forests.
In solidarity, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free day-use entry to state parks on Aug. 25, including Peace Arch, Birch Bay and Larrabee parks in Whatcom County. The fee waiver is only for parking fees; it doesn't apply to camping or other uses.
Other state and national park free admission days this year are Sept. 27 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 to mark Veterans Day.
The national areas affected were corrected Aug. 25.