The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mobile District has announced it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28.
Fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches will be waived.
USACE operates several recreation areas in Cartersville, including:
- Cooper Furnace Day Use Area at 1052 Old River Road SE,
- Cooper Branch No. 1 Day Use Area at 1121 Highway Spur 20 and
- Riverside Day Use Park at 513 Allatoona Dam Road SE, according to USACE website.
The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies and partners that manage recreation areas located on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this waiver of day use fees in the areas they manage.
In addition, volunteers who participate in one of USACE’s National Public Lands Day activities will be issued a fee-free coupon if the volunteer site is participating in the coupon program. Volunteers should check with their local USACE project for more information. The fee-free coupon is valid for one year from date of issue and may be used for one day of entrance or day use fees at any participating federal agency’s park, forest or recreation area that charges either of these types of fees. For more information on the fee-free day and coupons visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/highlights/fee-free-day-and-coupons.
Thousands of local volunteers are expected to support the more than 215 USACE sites participating in this year’s 20th annual National Public Lands Day, the largest annual volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kind.
Volunteers at USACE sites will take part in tree planting, erosion control, bank stabilization, building trails, restoring recreation areas, trash pickup, removing invasive species and non-native plants, improving wildlife habitats, harvesting prairie plant seeds and rehabilitating playgrounds.
In Cartersville, thousands of volunteers—scouts, students and lake enthusiasts—are set to pick up trash and debris along the 270 miles of lake Allatoona shoreline in the 28th-annual Lake Allatoona Clean Up, according to publiclandsday.org.
USACE has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers.
To locate National Public Lands Day events near you, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/ or call your local USACE lake or river office. For more information on USACE recreation opportunities visit www.CorpsLakes.us.
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