Black Friday Goes Green with Free Entry to Oregon State Parks

On November 29, Oregon’s state parks will be celebrating “Green Friday” by waiving parking fees. 

“Fall weather brings a different flavor to many state parks and we’re encouraging folks to get outside and explore,” said OPRD director Lisa Sumption in a release. “This is our fifth year celebrating Green Friday and we’re excited to continue the post-holiday tradition.” 

The 25 state parks that normally charge $5 for parking include favorites like Smith Rock, Silver Falls and Fort Stevens, as well as numerous locations along the coast. 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will also be hosting Free Fishing Days on the 29th and 30th. No fishing licenses or tags will be required for fishing, crabbing or clamming. It’s open to non-residents as well, so family from out-of-town can join in. 

The origins of Green Friday lie with outdoor supplier REI. In 2015, they shut down for Black Friday and encouraged potential shoppers to spend the day outdoors instead. Inspired, the Parks Department decided to waive all parking fees for the day, and have continued to do so.  

By Brandon Urey