FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2021
N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation
NH State Parks License Plate Program reaches a new milestone
In 2010, HB 1620 was passed and signed into law establishing a special registration plate to benefit visitors and the New Hampshire State Park System. The “park plate,” sporting the N.H. State Division of Parks and Recreation logo, reached total revenues of $1 Million on April 30, 2021 with over 14,000 license plates in circulation.
The proceeds from the park plates have provided additional revenue to operate and improve the 93 parks in the N.H. State Parks system and is a popular item with many N.H. State Park supporters.
“We have been overwhelmed by the success of the Parks License Plate program,” said Philip Bryce, director N.H. State Division of Parks and Recreation.
“We are the only parks system in the nation that is operationally self-funded. Programs like the parks plate offer our visitors a great way to explore our parks and support the park system.”
The State Park License Plate Program has seen continued growth since inception in 2010, topping 10,000 plates in May 2019 and has continued to grow in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The holder of a N.H. State Parks license plate receives free admission for the registered vehicle and its passengers to 26 day-use parks. The list of N.H. State Park’s day-use parks that accept the park plates can be found at www.nhstateparks.org/planning/schedule-and-fees/license-plate
The annual fee for the N.H. State Parks license plate is $85 in addition to normal registration fees. Of the $85, $5 is retained by the Department of Safety to produce the plate and $80 goes to the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to support N.H. State Parks. The N.H. State Parks license plate is available at the Division of Motor Vehicles and its sub-stations. Town Clerk offices also have the plate available for purchase by state residents.
The Park License Plates does not include parking meters along state park seacoast beaches, camping, Historic Sites, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and Flume Gorge. N.H. State Parks also offers a variety of season passes at www.nhstateparks.org/planning/schedule-and-fees/passes-promotions.
About the Division of Parks and Recreation
The Division of Parks and Recreation is comprised of the Bureau of Park Operations, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain. The Division manages 93 properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides, and natural areas. The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of five divisions of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. To learn more, visit www.nhstateparks.org, follow NH State Parks on Facebook and Twitter, or call 603-271-3556.