Maryland State Parks instituted on November 10, 2017 a new policy to allow all veterans free, year round, day use access to state parks. Historically, active duty and National Guard members free access.
The following is an amendment to existing Maryland Park Service Policy 17-37 – Free or Discounted Use of State Facilities or Services. These changes have been approved by the Superintendent, effective immediately. As such, they carry the full force and effect of Agency Policy.
This amendment provides direction regarding the application of Governor Hogan’s executive action granting day-use waivers for veterans of the United States Armed Forces. It replaces the previous Veterans Day-only waiver for veterans, as well as the year-round 50% discount for veterans.
A copy of these amendments should be inserted into the appropriate location in any printed copies of the 2017 Maryland Park Service Policy Manual (dated July 1, 2017). These amendments will be reflected in the 2018 revision of the MPS Policy Manual.
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
MARYLAND PARK SERVICE
AGENCY POLICY 17-37
1 July 2017
FREE OR DISCOUNTED USE OF
STATE FACILITIES OR SERVICES
…H. In addition to the case-by-case waivers or discounts identified above, the following day-use waivers / discounts have been granted through administrative action by the Governor / Secretary of Natural Resources. These waivers / discounts may not apply when honor systems or coin-operated gates are in use…
…4. Day-Use Waiver for Veterans of the United States Armed Forces
All applicable day-use entrance charges are waived for all veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This waiver applies to both resident and out-of-state veterans. The waiver is applicable to the veteran only and not others in the same vehicle, unless a per-vehicle charge is in effect at the time. In that case, the per-vehicle fee is waived.