U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks to celebrate National Public Lands Day

Published Sept. 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District parks will celebrate National Public Lands Day this month by waiving fees for its day-use recreation areas and hosting volunteers for a number of park improvement projects.

Recreation areas at New Hogan Lake, Stanislaus River Parks, Eastman Lake, Pine Flat Lake, Lake Kaweah and Success Lake will celebrate on Sept. 26, the official date of National Public Lands Day. Black Butte, Martis Creek and Englebright Lakes will celebrate a week early on Sept. 19 to align their efforts with other local clean-up projects in their areas.

Events will include volunteer projects starting in the morning and free lunch will be provided for volunteers afterward. Volunteers may also camp free at any of our parks either the night before or on public lands day, and will receive a coupon for a free day-use admission pass valid anytime in the next year at any park managed by the Corps, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. For more than two decades, outdoor enthusiasts have come together to improve their local recreation areas by helping with landscaping, small construction projects, litter removal and trail maintenance.

“National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the outdoors with family, meet other outdoor enthusiasts and take positive action to show love for America’s public lands,” said Jonathan Friedman, senior district park ranger for the Corps’ Sacramento District.

Volunteers looking for more information are encouraged to contact their park of choice by visiting our recreation web page at bit.ly/SPKparks . More information about each individual event can be found by searching for our parks at http://www.publiclandsday.org/.

Nearly 1,000 volunteers helped maintain facilities at Sacramento District parks last year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is America’s largest provider of federal outdoor recreation, serving more than 370 million visitors annually at 422 lake and river recreation parks in 43 states.

Luke Burns

Release no. 15-032