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Admission to state parks is free June 5; Fish for Free set June 4-5

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Gov. Jack Markell proclaimed Sunday, June 5, as Delaware State Parks Day — and along with "his proclamation offered the reminder that, through sponsorship from the Delaware Tourism Office's Visit Delaware program, admission is free that day to most state parks. Delaware State Parks garnered the Gold Medal Award this year as the nation's best-managed parks system.

Markell made his announcement at an event celebrating the reopening of the popular Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier. The free parks day June 5 excludes only Fort Delaware, State Line Beach and the Brandywine Zoo, for which the regular admission fee will be charged.

"Tourism in Delaware contributes $3 billion to our economy annually, and having the best state parks in the country is key to our success," said Markell. Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens said that June 5 is a date doubly important to anyone planning to take advantage of free admission for state parks and who might also want to fish for free and without needing a fishing license, as June 4 and 5 comprise the Fish for Free weekend in Delaware, sponsored by DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife, and includes freshwater angling opportunities within many parks. For information, go to or

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Original Publication Date: June 3, 2016

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