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Park & Read program offers free park passes for Michigan readers

Back for a second summer, the DNRE and the Library of Michigan are again offering Park & Read at more than 400 libraries across Michigan.

Park & Read allows library card-holders the ability to “check-out” a one-day pass into any Michigan state park or recreation area in lieu of the resident daily motor vehicle permit. This $6 savings also provides free access to the more than 500 events taking place in state parks throughout the summer.

For those interested in bringing along a library book for serious beach reading, 71 of the state parks have hammocks available for Park & Read users to borrow while on-site for the day so they can fully enjoy a great book in Michigan’s great outdoors.

“This is a great opportunity to try something different. Whether you’re looking for time alone or time together, these free passes are a great excuse to go for a picnic, take the kids swimming, or to find your next best fishing spot,” said Ron Olson, Recreation Division chief for the DNRE.

Passes are valid for seven days from check-out and can be used for one day at any one of Michigan’s 98 state parks. Passes are valid for day-use only. The program is available through October 1, 2010.

For more information on the program and a complete list of participating libraries, hammock availability, and park events taking place throughout the state visit www.michigan.gov/stateparks.

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