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County parks honor veterans with gesture of appreciation


(Maricopa County) – As a small token of appreciation for the freedoms afforded to all Americans, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will be honoring all veterans with Military Service Appreciation Day on Friday, November 11.

In 2005, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued a formal proclamation resolving that each Veteran’s Day from that point forward would be observed as Military Service Appreciation Day at all Maricopa County Parks.  All active and non-active military personnel are encouraged to visit any of the county’s ten parks and enjoy affordable recreation.  The $6 day-use entry fee will be waived for military personnel.

“We want to show our veterans that we understand their service and how they contribute to the wellbeing of all Arizonans,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4.  “The Veterans Day fee waiver is one way we can encourage these men and women to visit and enjoy the natural landscapes.”

“The County’s regional parks are a great place for people to connect with nature. We hope military personnel will take advantage of our offer to come out to the parks to enjoy a hike, park program, and the cooler temperatures with those who are near and dear to their hearts,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisor Steve Chucri, District 2.

“In addition to waiving the day-use entry on Veteran’s Day, we also offer a significant discount on our annual pass for veterans with any level of disability,” added R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.

At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional park systems in the United States.  The parks are located throughout the County and are all within a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix.  For information about activities at a County park near you, call (602) 506-2930 or visit

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