Hoosiers to have a new way to “check out” Indiana state parks in 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ( December 29, 2015) — Hoosier residents in 2016 can check out park passes to the 32 state parks when they visit their local library.

The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-out Program has formed a partnership between the Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library to encourage people to visit libraries and parks.

At libraries across Indiana, 240 state park passes have been placed in circulation for check-out. The passes will provide access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. Passes will be available for check-out from Jan. 1-Dec. 31.

This program is just one way Indiana State Parks are celebrating their centennial anniversary. The Indiana State Parks system was a gift to the people of Indiana in 1916 in celebration of the state’s centennial.

“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 State Library  has helped pay for the parks pass program. Some local libraries may purchase additional passes to ensure that each branch has one for check-out.