OR parks to waive parking fees on ‘Green Friday’

26 parks in the state normally require a $5 parking fee

The view from Indian Beach in Ecola State Park. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you have no interest in participating in Black Friday this year, you may want to look into “Green Friday.”

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is waiving its parking fees for parks across the state.

To help celebrate Green Friday, the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation will offer free hot drinks and snacks at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Silver Falls State Park and Cape Blanco State Park. The drinks and snacks will be donated by Starbucks Coffee, Nossa Familia Coffee, Smith Tea, Stevens Cocoa and KIND Bar.

While parking is free at many parks year-round, 26 parks in the state normally charge a $5 fee for parking. The fee will be waived from open to close on Friday —  — except for Shore Acres State Park, where it will expire at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights run.

Here’s a complete list of parks that normally require a parking fee.