State parks participating on Memorial Day include 133 parks that are accessible with the “Surf Explorer” Annual Pass, plus eight State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRAs), as well as the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.
Veterans, active duty, and reserve military personnel must show a valid military I.D. or proof of honorable discharge (e.g.: signed copy of DD214 From), in order to receive free admission.
The free admission is part of AB 150, authored by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen and signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2013. The bill authorizes California State Parks to offer veterans, active duty or reserve military personnel for the United States Armed Forces and the National Guard of any state a reduced or free day use at participating California state parks. California State Parks will also offer free admission for active duty or reserve military and veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015.
CSPF honored Assemblymember Olsen at Park Advocacy Day on May 5 for her leadership on this legislation as well as for her efforts to raise visibility of the state parks system’s 150th anniversary in 2014.
We hope those who have served our country can enjoy our state parks on Monday!