State Representative Betty Boukus (D-Plainville, New Britain) is encouraging seniors and veterans with disabilities to take advantage of free passes to Connecticut state parks.
“This is a terrific opportunity for seniors and veterans to visit our beautiful state parks – free of charge,” said Boukus in a press release.
Passes providing lifetime free admission to all state parks and forests (excluding camping) are available free of charge to Connecticut veterans with a service-related disability and residents 65 and older.
The passes can be used to waive parking fees at any state park. Access will be permitted for the vehicle and all passengers. The pass holder does not have to be the driver of the vehicle.
Veterans and seniors may apply in person at certain Department of Energy and Environmental Protection locations, including DEEP State Park Headquarters in Hartford or at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill.
Veterans may also apply by sending a photocopy of their current Connecticut driver’s license or other legal proof of residency, and Veterans Administration (VA) Card or VA benefits letter indicating the service connected disability to: DEEP Disabled Veteran Pass, State Parks Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.
Seniors may obtain a pass by sending a photocopy of their current Connecticut driver’s license or other legal proof of age and residency to DEEP Charter Oak Pass, State Parks Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.
For more information about either pass, call DEEP at (860)424-3200 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit ct.gov/deep.
Free admittance is also provided for pass holders when visiting Gillette Castle, Dinosaur or Fort Trumbull State Parks, or fishing at the Quinebaug Valley Hatchery.