Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Louisiana's state parks mark 75th year with free admission this Saturday

Entrance fees at all 20 parks, 16 state historic sites and one preservation area will be waived Saturday as the state park system celebrates its 75th birthday. The waiver applies only to admission and not to renting cabins or campsites at the parks.

The state parks system was created in 1934 when the Legislature formed the State Parks Commission of Louisiana, charged with "the establishment, protection and management of state parks and recreation centers."

Parks spokeswoman Sharon Broussard said entrance fees range from $1 at a park like Tickfaw State Park to $10 at Rosedown, a plantation home near St. Francisville,
where the fee includes a tour of the home and grounds.

More information about the 75th anniversary and activities at state parks is available by calling 1.888.677.1400 or visiting the agency's Web site at

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