As part of the Indiana State Parks centennial celebration, Indiana residents will be able to check out state parks by checking out an entrance pass from a public library in 2016. The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-out Program is meant to encourage Hoosiers to visit libraries and parks.
Between January 1 and December 31, people can check out one of 240 state park passes that will provide access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also the state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. The program was funded in part by the Indiana State Library.
“Our goal is to provide access to our great Indiana State Parks for those who may have never visited,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director of stewardship for Indiana State Parks. “We also hope that those who come in to check out the annual pass will take time to explore the services and materials available in Indiana’s libraries.”
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says some local libraries may purchase additional passes to ensure each branch has one available for check-out. The check-out duration for the passes may vary by site and people are encouraged to visit their local library branch for details.
The Indiana State Parks system was created in 1916 as a gift to the people of Indiana in honor of the state’s centennial. You can find more information about the State Parks Centennial Celebration by clicking here.