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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 Wednesday, 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.

“The parks are a good place for people to reconnect with their families and nature. We’re hoping military personnel will take advantage of our offer, pack a picnic and come on out to the parks to enjoy a park program and the cooler temperatures with those who are near and dear to their hearts,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Steve Chucri, District 2.

“We want to show our veterans that we understand their service and how they contribute to the wellbeing of all Arizonans” said District 4 Supervisor Clint Hickman.  “The Veterans Day fee waiver is a mechanism that our county parks offer to encourage the men and women to visit and enjoy the natural landscapes.”

“In addition to waiving the day-use entry on Veteran’s Day, we also offer a year-round Disabled Veteran Discount on annual park passes. The discount was approved by the Board last year,” 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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Posted: November 2, 2015

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