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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department continues its tradition of 'Green Friday' as state parks waive fees

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invites Oregonians to head outside the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

Popularly known as "Green Friday," the day after Thanksgiving has become a tradition in recent years. Oregon state parks will once again waive day-use parking fees in the 24 parks that are open and charge for parking on that day.

COURTESY PHOTO: OPRD - Most Oregon State Parks that charge a day use fee will be free the day after Thanksgiving.

"We're proud to promote this tradition and offer Oregonians an alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year," Oregon Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Sumption said.

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the parks that charge $5 daily for parking. Fee parks include popular destinations such as Fort Stevens, Cape Lookout, Silver Falls, Champoeg, L.L. Stub Stewart, Smith Rock and Milo McIver.

A complete list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available online at stateparks.oregon.gov (Fall Creek is listed but closed for the season).

The fee waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 25, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 4 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve.

Use #OptOutside and #OregonStateParks on social media to share your adventures.


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