Check Out the Parks’ lets you borrow a day outside

Parks, libraries partner to get Vermonters outdoors this summer

Under "Check Out the Parks", each public library will get a one day pass that can be checked out for free admission to a state park. The passes are good at any of the state’s day-use parks and admit up to eight people traveling together in the same vehicle. Each library will determine the how long each pass may be checked out. Some libraries are choosing to purchase additional passes.
“Vermont State Parks are a perfect affordable getaway for families and friends,” the Governor said. “There’s a state park with something for everyone within a half-hour of every community. By checking out a park pass at their local library, folks can enjoy the best Vermont has to offer – our magnificent outdoors.”

“Check Out the Parks” partners people with favorite places, the Governor added.

“Libraries unlock the greater world through books, magazines, newspapers, audio-visual resources, the Internet and now the great outdoors and the many adventures of our park system,” the Governor said. “With this new partnership we’re expanding our No Child Left Inside initiatives and more Vermonters will be able to explore all we have to offer inside and outside.”

The passes are good from Memorial Day to Labor Day – the best time to enjoy the parks, said Jason Gibbs, commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

“Spring is in the air and we’re getting ready to welcome Vermonters and visitors alike to our state parks and all that they have to offer,” Gibbs said. “There’s something for everyone here. Hiking, camping, biking, swimming, fishing, paddling and more – and don’t forget the line-up of entertainment all summer long.”

Libraries have always kept pace with the times, said State Librarian Martha Reid.

“We’ve answered the call of the video and digital age – and now, more than ever, it’s important for families to have access to learning opportunities and healthy activities in the outdoors,” said Reid. “We’ve stayed meaningful to Vermonters by expanding our services and offerings. We want people to learn and explore, so ‘Check Out the Parks’ is exciting to our mission.”

Park passes will be available by May 25 at any of the 182 public libraries around Vermont.


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