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East Bay Parks waiving fees today, Black Friday

encourage the Encourages public to hit the trails, not the malls

The East Bay Regional Park District is waiving admission and parking fees for everyone on Black Friday.

"The Black Friday waiver -- part of the national #optoutside movement -- is meant to encourage the public to hit the trails, not the malls on the busiest shopping day of the year," said Carolyn Jones, the district's public information supervisor. "Benefits of hiking include exercise, fresh air and time with family and friends in a beautiful natural setting."

The fee waivers do not apply to California state fees such as watercraft inspections and fishing licenses, or to concessions such as the Tilden steam trains.

The park district offers a range of public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, comprised of 120,000 acres in 65 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature learning.

Jones said some recommended autumn hikes near Pleasanton include Camp Ohlone Trail in the Sunol Regional Wilderness (Sunol), Westside Loop Trail at Brushy Peak Regional Preserve (Livermore), Bayview Trail at Coyote Hills Regional Park (Fremont) and Stream Trail at Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve (San Ramon).

For more information, visit the district's website at www.ebparks.org.

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