Avoid the holiday shopping in-store lines and return to nature this Black Friday, and the East Bay Regional Park District (East Bay Parks) has a way for you to do that. It is waiving all entrance and parking fees at all their parks on Nov. 25 to promote healthy and sustainable alternatives to shopping.
Nicknamed “Green Friday,” this sustainable holiday alternative was prompted by REI’s #OptOutside movement founded in 2015. The outdoor equipment retailer has chosen to close its doors on Black Friday, the busiest in-store shopping day of the year, to honor the wellness benefits of time spent outside.
East Bay Regional Parks consists of 73 parks, 125,000 acres of land, 1,200 miles of trail and 55 miles of shoreline in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, according to its website. Popular parks of East County are Big Break Regional Shoreline, Contra Loma, Black Diamond Mines, Round Valley Regional Preserve, and Vasco Caves. All parks will offer free parking, fishing, dog and horse admission, and boat launching on Green Friday. State fees, however, like state fishing licenses and watercraft inspections, will not be waived, according to a press release.