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- In honor of the passing of the Great American Outdoors Act, entrance to national parks and public lands will be free on Aug. 5.
- Entrance fees will also be waived every Aug. 4, which has been designated the “Great American Outdoors Day.”
- National parks are open during the coronavirus pandemic where observing social distancing measures is possible.
As American families look for activities to fill their summer during the coronavirus pandemic, the great outdoors has beckoned as a safe refuge. Now, Aug. 4 will be celebrated as "Great American Outdoors Day" in honor of the historic conservation and public lands bill passed last month with rare bipartisan support.
“President Trump has just enacted the most consequential dedicated funding for national parks, wildlife refuges, public recreation facilities and American Indian school infrastructure in U.S. history,” said Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt. “I’ve designated August 4th as Great American Outdoors Day and waived entrance fees to celebrate the passage of this historic conservation law.”
Entrance fees will be waived on Aug. 5 this year and Aug. 4 in following years for all of the 109 national parks that charge entrance fees, ranging from $5 to $35. The waiver doesn’t include amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours. Visitor spending supports more than 330,000 jobs and contributes more than $40 billion annually to the national economy, according to a release from the NPS, including more than $20 billion in communities surrounding parks.
The bill secures funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Restore Our Parks Act as well as the repair of deteriorating infrastructure in public lands.
“This is a truly historic commitment to revitalize and restore national parks and other public lands in order to expand recreational opportunities and address long overdue infrastructure and modernization challenges,” said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela, exercising the authority of the director. “This enormous investment will enhance national parks for present and future generations.”
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