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September 9, 2013

State parks to be free on Sept. 28

Put away your wallet. Visitors will not pay for parking or admission  at the state parks or historic sites on Saturday, Sept. 28. Sponsored by the Friends of State Parks & Historic Sites, the ‘Your State Parks Day’ celebration brings attention to ways that parks enrich communities while emphasizing the importance of local volunteerism.

 “We’re calling this celebration ‘Your State Parks Day’ to remind Georgians that state parks and historic sites belong to them,” said Andy Fleming, executive director of the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. “Parks add so much to our lives. We’re hoping more people will visit the state park closest to their homes, and that they’ll join one of the service projects happening that day.”

 The statewide event includes numerous volunteer projects and family-friendly programs. While admission is free all day, families are encouraged to attend the special events and volunteer at their local site. The Chief Vann House in Spring Place will host an Open Mansion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers can tour the Vann plantation where a special quilt exhibit will be displayed. After touring, volunteers can help plant a winter garden at the traditional Cherokee farmstead. Everyone is welcome to participate and learn more about the Friends of the Vann House volunteer organization.

Georgia is known for its exceptional state park system that provides a variety of outdoor recreation while also protecting natural and cultural resources. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, boating, geocaching, picnicking, golf and numerous other activities. Historically significant places such as the Chief Vann House tell the story of Georgia’s rich past. A full calendar of events throughout the state is posted at GeorgiaStateParks.org/events.

 “We are thankful for the support that our Friends members give us,” said State Parks Director Becky Kelley. “We wouldn’t be able to offer this free day to Georgians without their help. Hopefully, more people will take this opportunity to explore parks that are right in their own communities.”

 The Vann House is on Ga. Highway 225, three miles west of Chatsworth. Contact the site at (706) 695-2598 for more information.

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