Libraries set to offer state park passes

Those who have a library card in Indiana may again visit state parks for free by checking out an entrance pass from a public library.

Beginning Feb. 1, in a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library, library districts around Indiana will each have one of 240 state park passes available for checkout. The passes provide free access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas, where entry fees are charged.

The program, which began as a single-year initiative last year, has been extended for another year. Those who check out passes will be asked to complete a short survey at the library when they pick up the pass.

The Indiana State Library helped pay for the parks pass program.