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Oregon state parks offer free parking, snacks on Black Friday

Tryon Creek State Natural Area, courtesy Oregon State Parks

Skip Black Friday this year. Instead—get outdoors, on what Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. is calling "Green Friday."

The point of Green Friday, a day where all parking fees for Oregon State Parks are waived, is to get families outdoors.

"We started this tradition three years ago to encourage people to opt outside," says OPRD director Lisa Sumption. "Why not get some fresh air with your family and create a new holiday tradition?"

The Oregon State Parks Foundation will also offer free hot drinks and snacks at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Rooster Rock State Park, Silver Falls State Park and Cape Blanco State Park. Volunteers will hand out Starbucks Coffee, Nossa Familia Coffee, Smith Tea, Stevens Cocoa and KIND bars.

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks, but on Green Friday, the 26 parks that charge $5 for parking will also be free . A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is at bit.ly/OregonStateParksParking.

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