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Public can park for free at Alaska state parks on Jan. 7

(Anchorage, AK) - In support of Alaska Winter Trails Day, Alaska State Parks announces the day-use parking fee will be waived statewide on Saturday, Jan. 7.  We encourage people to get out in the park and enjoy wintertime recreation.

Alaska Winter Trails Day is a part of a national public awareness campaign called Winter Feels Good to promote the health and fitness benefits of winter sports. More information about this nationwide campaign is available at www.snowlink.com.

Also on Jan. 7, the Mat-Su/Copper Basin State Parks Area office along with Mat-Su Borough Parks, Recreational Equipment, Inc., Mat-Su Trials Council, Pioneer Ski Patrol, Alaska Trails and the Mat-Su Ski Club will present instructional classes and demonstrations, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at mile 10.6 Hatcher Pass Road and Upper Mountain by the Rescue Cash.  Go to www.snowlink.com/wintertrailshomepage/findasite.aspx for a list of the planned activities.

Parking fees will be back in effect on Jan. 8. State Park decals can be purchased on line at www.alaskastatepark.org. Click on the “Alaska State Parks Sample Decals” to access the secure on-line order form. Decals can be purchased using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or an electronic check from your checking account. The receipt is valid for 10 days from date of purchase as a temporary parking permit. Decals are mailed within two business days.

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