Free Park Entrance to US Veterans

Updated Tuesday, June 15, 2021

US military veterans are offered free entrance to the 20 San Mateo County Parks spread throughout the County.

At its November 1, 2016 meeting, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors revised the current Parks Department fee structure to waive the standard $6 vehicle entrance for any veteran that provides proof of veteran status.

“Acknowledging the service and sacrifices veterans make is important for veterans, their families and our community,” said San Mateo County Board of Supervisor President Warren Slocum. “Waiving park entrance fees to foster enjoyment of outdoor space is a simple way to demonstrate our appreciation.” San Mateo County is home to more than 30,000 veterans.

San Mateo County Parks will accept the Veterans Designator for the California ID, as well as San Mateo County Veteran Identification Cards still in ciculation (now discontinued), and veteran identification cards issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

San Mateo County Parks offers close to 17,000 square acres for outdoor recreation, bay and coast properties; trails accessible to hikers, equestrians and bike riders; picnicking; and camping at seven locations. Last year, more than 2.5 million people visited San Mateo County Parks.

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