Jan. 13, 2007
 
'America the Beautiful' Passes Replace 'Golden Age Passports' at Corps Recreation Facilities
 
By HNN Staff, from Corps of Engineers Press Release
 
Huntington, WV (HNN) -- The Golden Age passport program is being replaced at recreation facilities managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Effective immediately, the National Parks Service has replaced the card with the new “America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Senior Pass” and the new “America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass.”
 
Both of these passes provide a 50 percent reduction in day use and camping fees to pass holders at its recreation areas beginning January 2007.
 
The Corps will accept the Senior Pass for citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. age 62 and over and the Access Pass for citizens or permanent residents of the U. S. with an established permanent medical disability.
 
The new passes are available as a result of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004. The legislation established the new discount pass program to replace the Golden Passport Program for all agencies. The Corps will continue to accept Golden Access and Golden Age Passports according to the provisions of the pass.
 
The new passes may be obtained in person at most USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service facilities. The Corps will not issue the passes. To find a facility nearest to you visit www.recreation.gov.
 
Additional information about the recreation pass program is available at http://www.recreation.gov/recpass.jsp or by calling 1-888-276-8747 (1-888-ASK USGS).
 
The Corps encourages all Americans to enjoy the nation’s public lands and waters. The Corps is the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation opportunities, operating more than 2,500 recreation areas at 456 projects (mostly lakes) and leasing an additional 1,800 sites to state or local park and recreation authorities or private interests.
 
The Corps hosts about 375 million visits each year at its lakes, beaches and other areas, and estimates that 25 million Americans (one in ten) visit a Corps project at least once a year. Additional information about the Corps’ recreation program is available at http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/visitors.cfm