State parks fee waived for Black Friday

A view of the coastline from Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, one of three state parks on the Kodiak road system. 

Alaska State Parks has waived parking fees for the day after Thanksgiving to encourage Alaskans to get outside during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

“While free parking is a holiday tradition with Alaska State Parks, I think helping Alaskans get a little more fresh air and sunshine might be more welcome this year than ever,” Ricky Gease, director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, said in a press release.

Kodiak boasts several state parks on its road system, such as the Buskin River State Recreation Site, Pasagshak State Recreation Site and Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. Parks off the road system — Shuyak Island State Park, Afognak Island State Park, and Woody Island State Recreation Site — are accessible by boat or float plane.

 As COVID cases continue to be reported in Kodiak, staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep the mind and body healthy. And walking in nature on the island’s numerous trails is a great way to participate in a socially distanced activity. 

Alaska State Parks 2021 day-use parking decal stickers are available online at the division’s website. They are also available in person at the Discover Kodiak Visitor Center, or in the following areas for people traveling off-island: in Anchorage at REI, The Hoarding Marmot and Paramount Cycles, and in Fairbanks at REI, Beaver Sports, Outdoor Adventures and the Alaska Public Lands Information Center. The decals are also sold at the Seward Chamber of Commerce. 

Day-use parking decals are $60 per vehicle, and boat launch decals are also available for $150. The division is working on an online system for issuing disabled veterans camping passes, and will announce its arrival on its website and social media. 

The 2021 parking decals are good for parking at all state parks managed by Alaska State Parks from date of purchase until Dec. 31, 2021. 

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