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Park Rx Kits Allow Free Access to State Parks

Date: April 24, 2018

Minnesota state parks and Ramsey County Library have teamed up to encourage more people to get outdoors. The library in White Bear Lake has 10 “Park Rx” kits, each containing a pass that provides free entry to any of Minnesota’s 75 state parks and recreation areas for seven days. The pilot program will end on December 31, 2018.

“The benefits of spending time outdoors are clear,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota State Parks and Trails at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “We hope that this effort will entice new people to visit Minnesota state parks and trails.”

Along with the free park pass (a $7 value) each Park Rx kit includes three books:

  • Minnesota State Parks by Anne Arthur
  • Vitamin N by Richard Louv
  • 60 Hikes within 60 Miles – Minneapolis and St Paul by Tom Watson

“Park Rx is a growing movement to encourage people to get outdoors and into nature,” said Therese Sonnek, manager of the library in White Bear Lake. “Libraries can play an active role in the movement by providing families with helpful resources — in this case not just books but also a park pass.”

The kits are made possible through a Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation grant in partnership with the DNR  and Bear Power, a community-wide movement helping White Bear Lake area families eat well and be active.

Kits can be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis; they cannot be requested or renewed.

An earlier version of this news article did not clarify that this is a pilot program. This version has been corrected. The end date has been added for further clarification.