Park Passes Free to Library Card Holders

R011377_MIBigGreenGymLogoSummer is not over yet.

Did you know you can get free admission to more than 100 state parks from Manchester District Library?

It’s true. Library card holders can check out one day passes to be used at their choice of more than 100 state parks. MI Big Green Gym is a partnership with Michigan Recreation and Park Association, the Department of Natural Resources, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. It is designed to show just how easy it is to get out, get active, and get healthier. Lucky for Michigan residents, MI Big Green Gym is as close as their nearest state park or community recreation center – and is now available for free thanks to nearly 500 community libraries participating in the program, including Manchester District Library.

The DNR started the Park & Read program in 2010 as a way to provide free passes to state parks.  Now, with support from Blue Cross, the program has been re-focused to promote outdoor fitness and provides free one-day passes into any state park, state forest campground or pathway, as well as includes family-friendly destinations at select community recreation facilities.

Passes allow one vehicle into a state park for one day, and with many parks offering free intro programs with all the gear and expertise provided through the Rec 101 program, that one day can lead to lifelong memories. Exploring a new activity  such as canoeing, ziplining, archery and more can be easy with the …..

Passes are valid for seven days from check-out and can be used for day-use only, not for use at prearranged/ multiple person private gatherings, or overnight camping.  The program is available through October 1, 2014.

For more information, visit the library’s home page at  

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