Corps parks free on Veterans Day for those who serve

Published Oct. 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is waiving its day use fees for military veterans, active duty and reserve personnel and their families at all of its parks on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

This is part of a Corps-wide program that includes more than 2,200 recreation areas nationwide, including the Sacramento District’s 10 parks in central California.

“Our military servicemembers serve us all every day of the year and it’s a privilege to give something back on this day set aside to honor them,” said Sacramento District commander, Col. Mike Farrell.

They’ll take your word for it – The fee waiver works on the honor system, only requiring former or current service members to verbally confirm their status as a veteran. The waiver includes fees for launching a boat or use of swimming beaches, but doesn’t cover camping services or specialized faculties like group picnic areas.

Honoring those who serve – The Corps of Engineers began offering a free Veterans Day waiver to servicemembers in 2006 as a way to honor the men and women who serve the nation and the armed forces. Many wounded warriors find time spent in nature valuable to their rehabilitation from injuries suffered in combat and the Corps hopes they take advantage of this program. 
Encourages use of Corps parks – The Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of federal outdoor recreation in the United States. This is another opportunity to introduce the public to one of the many park facilities owned and operated by the Corps, the majority of which are within 50 miles of a major metropolitan area. 

Visit our website to find the nearest Corps recreation facilities in California.

Luke Burns

Release no. 14-076