‘Park & Read’ program offers free access to state parks

LANSING — Sen. John Proos on Thursday encouraged Southwest Michigan families to consider a mini-vacation to one of Michigan’s state parks or museums by taking advantage of the “Park & Read” program.

“Michigan’s beautiful state parks offer a wide variety of outstanding outdoor activities for adults and children of all ages,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The Park & Read program is an excellent way for families to check out any of the more than 100 state parks and recreation areas – at no cost. Your library card is now a pass to more than knowledge; it is a ticket to fun.”

The Department of Natural Resources and the Library of Michigan have teamed up once again to offer their popular Park & Read program at more than 400 participating libraries across the state. The program, now in its fourth year, allows library-card-holders the option of checking out from their local library a one-day pass that waives the Recreation Passport entry fee into any of Michigan’s 101 state parks and recreation areas.

The one-day pass, a $10 savings, also provides free, one-time access to any of the more than 500 events scheduled to take place within the state parks throughout the summer. Passes are valid for seven days from checkout and are good for day use only. Park & Read runs now through Oct. 1.

“With the Park & Read pass, residents may also learn about our state’s fascinating history first-hand by checking out any of the 11 museums or historic sites within the Michigan Historical Museum system,” Proos said. “It is easy for Southwest Michigan families to access the free pass, because several local libraries in our region are participating in the program.” 

Local communities with participating libraries include Berrien Springs, Bloomingdale, Buchanan, Cassopolis, Mattawan, Niles, South Haven, St. Joseph, Stevensville, Three Oaks and Watervliet.

For more information on the program and a complete list of participating libraries and park events taking place throughout the state, visit www.michigan.gov/stateparks.


Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”