RICHMOND– Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that in honor of the members and families of America’s armed services, both current and past, Virginia State Parks will waive parking fees for all Virginians on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. These fees will be waived at all 35 state parks managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Governor McDonnell noted, “We owe our veterans and the men and women currently serving in the military a tremendous debt of gratitude. This is one way to honor these men and women for the sacrifices they, and their families, have made to protect our freedom.”
DCR Director David Johnson credits Del. Kirk Cox of Chesterfield with the idea. “Del. Cox approached our state parks director Joe Elton with the idea of doing something to show support for our military families,” said Johnson. “Joe and his staff were able to work with the delegate to make this happen.”
“This is an action that makes sense for everyone,” said Del. Cox. “Particularly in the fall state parks are not only places for recreation but also for quiet reflection. We hope all families, especially our military families, will take this opportunity to visit the state park nearest them.”
Virginia State Parks with their blend of outdoor offerings such as hiking, camping and picnicking and their many natural and cultural programs have long been family-oriented. Virginia State Parks remain open year-round, with the fall being an increasingly popular time of year to visit.
“There is also a historical connection between our state parks and veterans that many people don’t realize,” said Elton. “Nearly 75 years ago our first state parks were built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Many of these young men of the CCC later went on to fight for our freedom in World War II.”
For more information on all of Virginia’s 35 award-winning state parks go to www.virginiastateparks.gov or call toll free 1-800-933-PARK (7275)