Corps waives day-use fees on Veterans Day

Published Nov. 5, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the 10 California recreation parks it manages on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. The waiver applies to all Corps-managed recreation areas throughout the nation. 

“We would be honored to welcome these guests who have given so much to defend our freedom,” said Theresa Hershey, district natural resources specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District. 

The day-use fee waiver requires only verbal confirmation of service. This waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on Corps lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the Veterans Day waiver of fees in the areas that they manage. 

The Veterans Day fee waiver began in 2006 as a way to honor the men and women who have served our nation and the armed forces, and to encourage them and their families to spend some time together enjoying America’s great outdoors. 

With more than 370 million visits annually to 422 lake and river parks, the Corps is the largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation in the nation. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas and offer a diverse range of outdoor activities to people of all ages.

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Robert Kidd

Release no. 12-047