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TPWD News Release — June 12, 2006

June 30 Is Deadline for Parks Pass/Magazine Offer

AUSTIN, Texas — Tens of thousands of Texans have purchased a Texas State Parks Pass, indicating there’s no more economical way to line up a summer of fun. The onset of summer thus makes the timing right for a promotion that ends this month. Anyone who buys a parks pass by June 30 will also receive a free, 12-month subscription to Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.

The annual pass provides a year of free entry from the date of purchase for the holder and car load of family or friends to more than 115 Texas state parks, natural areas and historic sites. With the $60 pass, visitors get additional benefits: discounts at select parks on camping, park store merchandise, equipment rentals and free programs. Other perks include a quarterly e-newsletter, The Getaway Planner; a free copy of the Texas State Park Guide; and a state parks bumper sticker.

“There really is no better way to explore and enjoy the great outdoors and Texas history than the Texas State Parks Pass,” said Walt Dabney, TPWD state parks director. “It’s no secret these days that our state parks need financial support. One of the most important things people can do to help is go to your parks, enjoy your parks, and the best way to do that is with the pass. Revenue from pass sales and park entry and camping fees is dedicated by statute so it can only be spent on state park needs.”

More than 150,000 parks passes have been sold since the program debuted Jan. 1, 2004. Sales each year outpace previous year totals, generating needed funds for the operation and upkeep of Texas state parks.

The Texas State Parks Pass or a gift certificate for a pass can be bought at most Texas state parks or ordered by phone from the TPWD Customer Contact Center, (512) 389-8900.

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