Park & Read Passes Available

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spend a lazy day with a good book in the great outdoors compliments of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Library of Michigan, and the Ypsilanti District Library. This is the fourth year that YDL cardholders can access their favorite state park through the “Park and Read” program.

While checking out a book, Park & Read allows library cardholders to “check-out” a one-day pass that waives the Recreation Passport entry fee into any Michigan state park or recreation area. This $10 savings also provides a one-time, free access to more than 500 events taking place in state parks throughout the summer, and to make the day even more relaxing, some of the state parks are offering the loan of a hammock.

The Park & Read pass is also valid at any of the 11 museums or historic sites within the Michigan Historical Museum system. Up to four people can be admitted on one pass.

Here’s how the program works:

  • Patrons must have an Ypsilanti District Library card to check-out a park pass.
  • Park passes are good for seven days from check-out and can be used at any Michigan State Park in lieu of a daily motor vehicle permit.
  • You must present the certificate to the park’s contact station. The pass is good for one day of the 7-day period and only covers the motor vehicle permit fee.
  • Park and Read will run until October 1, 2012.
  • Passes are available at all Ypsilanti District Library locations now.

“The program was designed to give people a free trial visit to experience what a fantastic family and recreational resource their Michigan state parks and recreation areas can be,” said Maia Stephens, recreational programmer for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “Besides, what's more relaxing than a day at the beach or under a shady tree with a good book?”

“Michigan libraries have been at the forefront of quality family and educational programming. This partnership with the DNR is truly a case in point,” said State Librarian Nancy Robertson. “The Park and Read program makes it easy for Michigan residents to combine a love of the great outdoors with a love of great literature, and our libraries are helping to make this happen.”

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