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Date: April 12, 2006
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442,

Virginia State Parks offers new vacation guide and calendar

RICHMOND - The year-long 70th anniversary celebration of the award-winning Virginia State Parks continues with a new guide and calendar published by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.The Virginia State Parks 2006 Outdoor Adventures Guide and Calendar introduces visitors to exciting outdoor activities and makes planning easier for seasonal fun in the Commonwealth.

"These programs, festivals, concerts and activities represent the best Virginia State Parks have to offer," said DCR Director Joseph H. Maroon.

From traditional outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing clinics or night hikes, to arts and crafts festivals and bluegrass concerts, our visitors will always find something to do in our parks.

On June 15-18, 2006, Virginia State Parks celebrates its 70th anniversary by charging visitors 10 cents each, all weekend long (the original admission price from 1936). Individual parks will offer special programs and activities reflecting the unique character of each park.

The guide is available at Virginia Welcome Centers, local visitor centers, Virginia State Parks, or by calling 1-800-933-PARK. Bulk orders are available by calling and leaving a message at (804) 786-8442. Up to the minute, comprehensive Virginia State Parks information is also available at .

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