Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Celebrates “Green Friday”

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is extending a warm invitation to all Oregonians to embrace the great outdoors on the day after Thanksgiving, November 24th. Affectionately termed “Green Friday,” this day has evolved into a cherished tradition for numerous families across the state.

In the spirit of fostering outdoor exploration, the department will once again waive day-use parking fees at 24 parks open on that day. Typically associated with parking charges, this waiver is a gesture to encourage families to connect with nature during the fall season.

Director Lisa Sumption expressed pride in upholding this tradition, stating, “We’re proud to continue this tradition and offer everyone the chance to explore parks in the fall.”

While parking remains free year-round at the majority of state parks, the waiver specifically applies to the 24 parks charging a $5 daily parking fee. Among these are renowned destinations like Fort Stevens, Cape Lookout, Silver Falls, Champoeg, L.L. Stub Stewart, Smith Rock, and Milo McIver. A comprehensive list of parks requiring day-use parking permits is accessible online at stateparks.oregon.gov. (Note: Fall Creek is listed but closed for the season).

The fee waiver is applicable from the park’s opening until closing hours on November 24th. However, it is important to note that at Shore Acres State Park, the waiver expires at 4 p.m. This timing adjustment is in consideration of the Holiday Lights event, captivating visitors from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

Source: State of Oregon