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For Immediate Release
November 24, 2015

A Present You Can Open Early: Free Entry to Parks

Entry and parking fees waived at 3 County parks through New Year’s Day

San Rafael, CA – Marin County Parks is finished with its holiday shopping. It was easy: As part of its #OptOutside campaign, County residents are getting free entry into the County’s three regional parks from December 1 through January 1, 2016.  

A girl of about 7 years old rides her bike on a dirt course at the Stafford Lake Bike Park near Novato.A young girl enjoys a spin at the Stafford Lake Bike Park.
Normally the three parks have entry and/or parking fees, but those are waived through New Year’s Day at McNears Beach in San Rafael, Paradise Beach in Tiburon, and Stafford Lake in Novato. The gift provides recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, especially for those who do not typically visit parks that charge entry fees. It’s a prime chance to enjoy fishing, kite flying, picnicking, bird watching, kayaking, and disc golfing.

The new and very popular Stafford Lake Bike Park will be the perfect spot to visit for anyone who gets a new mountain bike as a holiday gift. Note that the bike park is closed during and after big storms. Find out about any Stafford Lake Bike Park alert and closure information by calling (415) 473–JUMP (5867).

Check out the activity finder at to help plan your trips or call (415) 473-6387. In addition to the activity finder, be sure to click on Parks’ events calendar. Parks is hosting a range of outdoor programs over the holidays, including naturalist programs and ranger-guided hikes that are perfect for families.

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Pat O'Brien
Interim Director and General Manager
Marin County Parks

Marin Civic Center
Suite 260
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6387
Email: Pat O'Brien
Marin County Parks website