Huron-Clinton Metroparks offers new pass trade up program

By: Mary Beth Almond | C&G Newspapers | Published March 12, 2020

 A path leads to a nature scape at Stony Creek Metropark.

A path leads to a nature scape at Stony Creek Metropark.

Photo provided by the Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are offering a new program this year.

The metroparks’ new Pass Trade Up program allows park visitors to trade in their daily park passes for discounts off a 2020 annual pass. 

“We are aware that there are visitors who may visit and really wish that they purchased an annual pass, or maybe they just didn’t know if they wanted to purchase an annual pass when they visited a park, so we wanted to offer the opportunity to essentially have a payment plan for their annual pass where they could try the park, once, twice, three times or even four before actually committing to the annual pass,” said Danielle Mauter, the chief of marketing and communications for the metroparks. “This is another way for us to add value to the annual pass itself.”

Now through July 31, anyone who visits one of the metroparks’ 13 locations, can keep their $10 daily passes and use them to trade up to an annual pass. Each daily pass, up to four passes, is valid for a $10 credit toward the cost of a $40 annual pass. 

Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Director Amy McMillan said the Pass Trade Up program is perfect for first-time metroparks visitors who want to try a park before committing to an annual pass. 

“Maybe you’re not organized enough to have planned ahead to get an annual permit, or maybe you can’t afford to buy an annual permit and spend the money all at once,” she said. “This will give people the opportunity to gather up to four daily passes, which have a face value of $40, and they will be able to trade those in for an annual permit.”

The Pass Trade Up program allows for no more than four daily passes from separate visits to be traded up to a vehicle annual pass, a boat annual pass or a vehicle/boat combo pass at any metroparks office or toll booth. All daily passes must be from separate days between Jan. 1 and July 3.

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are made up of 13 properties in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, which offer everything from fishing, swimming, boating and hiking, to nature study, golf, winter sports and more. The metroparks also provide educational resources on science, nature, history and the environment. 

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Call Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at (586) 498-1060.