Vermonters are lucky enough to have 55 state parks to enjoy and with Memorial Day weekend less than two weeks away several of the parks are returning to full summer operations
“So there not really closed and then open there open all the time but there is an operating season where the services are full,” said Craig Whipple the Director of the Vermont State Parks.
A few parks including the Little River State Park in Waterbury are getting an early start to the season.
Whipple says they try to keep the entrance fees as low as possible but that is where most of their operating budgets comes from.
“About 65 percent of the cost of operating our park system come from the fees that we collect from the people that go camping and come to the beach,” said Whipple.
Park officials don’t want those fees to stop people from enjoying what Vermont has to offer.
“Having fun, relaxing, recreating, connecting with nature those are all good for all of us and we don’t want a fee to be a barrier to that. [It’s] what we call Check Out the Parks” said Whipple.
The Vermont State Parks have teamed up with 192 local libraries across the state to offer free passes for patrons.
The passes are usually loaned out for 2 to 3 days at a time and allow you and 8 other friends into the days use parks for free.
“It’s very popular especially during the summer months and during school vacations so we always tell people to call ahead and make a reservation especially for the most popular places,” said Marti Fiske the Director of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston.