SALEM — Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is inviting Oregonians to head outside for some fresh air the day after Thanksgiving. OPRD will waive day-use parking fees that day in 25 state parks across Oregon on Friday, Nov. 27.

The parking waiver applies from open to close Nov. 27 at the 25 parks that charge a $5 daily parking fee. A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available at stateparks.oregon.gov. Parking is free year-round at the majority of Oregon’s 250-plus state park properties.

“We recognize that being outdoors makes us feel better and is a break from the stresses of 2020,” said director Lisa Sumption in a press release. “In this unconventional year, we feel it is especially important to honor this tradition as thanks to Oregonians for supporting us through our toughest times.”

Thanksgiving weekend falls squarely within the Gov. Kate Brown's two-week freeze, Nov. 18-Dec. 2. Accordingly, OPRD directs people to limit gatherings at parks to six people and two households. This is in addition to longstanding direction to stay local, wear face coverings and maintain a 6-foot distance from other visitors.

“Following these precautions is particularly important in the coming weeks to support statewide efforts to stop the spread of the virus,” Sumption said. “When visitors prepare and care, it keeps parks safe for everyone.”

“The pandemic challenges all of us to find new, creative ways to celebrate the holidays,” Sumption said. “We look forward to the safe return of these holiday traditions, and until then, parks are open and here for you.”

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