Parks and Recreation Division Offers Pass Program for Disabled Veterans
  
  
DATE: August 28, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
PHONE: 954-357-8115
EMAIL:
mmills@broward.org

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Broward County Commission has approved a plan that will allow veterans with a service-related disability to enter County parks for free. Effective October 1, veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces and have a service-related disability can apply for a free Find It All parks pass. With the pass, eligible veterans will never have to worry about paying the $1.50/person gate entrance fee that’s in effect on weekends and County holidays at most of our regional parks.

“Veterans permanently injured while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are allowed free entrance into state and national parks,” says Commissioner Martin David Kiar, who brought the idea to the Commission. “Now they can do the same here and enjoy all that Broward County parks have to offer.”

The credit card-style passes will be good for five years from the date of activation – a savings of more than $125 – and may be renewed. (The pass does not provide prepaid parking at Hollywood North Beach Park or admittance into special park amenities or events.)

To determine eligibility, veterans can follow three simple steps:

1. Call 954-357-6622 to schedule an appointment at one of the seven Broward County Veterans Service locations to complete an application to determine eligibility. 
2. The Elderly and Veterans Services Division will contact veterans once eligibility is confirmed.
3. The eligible veteran can pick up a Find It All park pass at the regional park office of their choice, or request that the pass be mailed. (If picking up a pass at a park office on a weekend or County holiday, the $1.50/person gate fee will be in effect. Present the gate receipt that day at the park office to receive not only your free pass but also a refund of the gate fee.)


Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division manages almost 6,500 acres, encompassing nearly 50 regional parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, a skate park, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit broward.org/parks.  

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event.
 
 
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