Free passes to Indiana state parks available at libraries

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana residents will have easier access to state parks in the coming year.

The Indiana State Library says 240 state parks passes have been placed in circulation for check-out. That means library users can get into 32 state parks and state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. The passes will be available throughout 2016 starting on Friday.

The state library helped pay for the parks pass program. Some local libraries may buy additional passes too. State Parks officials say the goal is to provide access to parks for those who may never have visited.

The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-Out Program is a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library. It's being done to commemorate Indiana's bicentennial.

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