Free and Cheap
Janine is a 20-year veteran journalist who puts her sleuthing skills to use unearthing deals and discounts for families in the Tampa Bay area. Raising her own two daughters has taught her that some of the best things in life are “free” but not necessarily “cheap.”
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Free, discounted park passes for heroes
Posted May 15, 2012 by Janine Dorsey
Updated May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Hillsborough County is now offering members of the military and first responders free or discounted annual regional park passes to all Hillsborough County parks.
Passes can be obtained from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Branchton Regional Parks Office, 15502 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa.
Cash, checks and major credit cards are accepted for the discounted pass.
The free lifetime family entrance pass is for Hillsborough County residents who are:
• Honorably discharged veterans who have service-connected disabilities
• Surviving spouse and parents of deceased members of the US Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves who have fallen in combat
• Surviving dependents of deceased first responders killed in the line of duty who reside in Hillsborough County
There is a 25 percent discount for:
• Active duty members and honorably discharged veterans of the US Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves who live in Hillsborough County
• Active duty members of First Responders who live or work in Hillsborough County
• Hillsborough County employees
The regular cost for an annual regional parks pass is $50 for an individual and $100 for a family.
The free and discounted passes do not include the boat launching pass, which is $100.
For information contact the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at (813) 987-6240.