ATLANTA — Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites announces "Save My State Parks Day" on Sept. 26. In honor of National Public Lands Day, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced that no parking or admission fees will be charged at state parks and historic sites on that date.
Friends will use the opportunity to encourage all Georgians to take advantage of the free admission and to participate in one of the many service projects being coordinated across the state.
Friends members and volunteers will be present at parks and historic sites to educate guests in the concrete actions they can take to help preserve Georgia’s award winning state park system. Friends will encourage guests to Support, Advocate, Volunteer and Explore.
"We expect thousands of families and individuals will be taking advantage of the free day on the 26th," says Andy Fleming, Executive Director of Friends. "With so many people in the park system on that day, it is a great opportunity to raise awareness and to encourage guests to help preserve Georgia’s treasures."
"Save My State Parks Day" is the official kick-off for a campaign to educate park guests about the needs and challenges facing the park system following last year’s drastic budget reductions of 39 percent. Due to the resulting layoffs and budget issues, these sites need hands-on help from their supporters. "Now, more than ever, Georgia’s state parks and historic sites need help from all Georgians," says Fleming. "These sites will only survive if we all come together to become their stewards."
On this historic day and through SaveMyStateParks.org, Friends will offer park guests concrete steps they can take to make a difference in preserving Georgia’s state parks and historic sites through these challenging economic times.
Save My State Parks Day is made possible in part through a generous sponsorship from Verizon Wireless, demonstrating their strong commitment to Georgia communities.
About Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
The Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites is an independent, non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. It is not funded by the State of Georgia. All donations are tax deductible.