The Free 3rd Fridays program, implemented in celebration of the Park District's 80th anniversary in 2014, is no longer available. The free-services program operated until December of 2014. Regular fees will apply to all parks at all times in 2015, unless otherwise noted.
In celebration of East Bay Regional Park District’s 80th anniversary, the district is offering a variety of park services for free every third Friday of the month this year, starting April 18.
“On those free Fridays each month, fees will be waived at all 65 parks for parking, boat launching, and entry for horses and dogs. And you won’t have to pay for swimming, district fishing permits, or entry to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont,” said Park District Board President Ayn Wieskamp.
“This is one of the best ways I can think of to express our appreciation to the public for their 80 years of support of our Park District,” said Park District Board President Ayn Wieskamp. “I encourage everyone to please take this opportunity to get out to one of your Regional Parks for free.”
On the free days, boat launchers still will have to pay for the required invasive mussel inspection, and anglers must have a current valid California state fishing license. There will still be fees for camping and for group picnic reservations.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 119,000 acres in 65 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.