They are saying 'Thank You' at the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) system in northern California. And that's a very good thing for anglers.
Yes, the EBRPD is acknowledging visitors and supporters for the eighty years of its existence. Per their website:
"Free Fridays are the park district’s way of thanking the public for eighty years of support. A grass-roots movement provided the political momentum for establishment of the district back in 1934, and public support has been key to the district’s successes ever since."
Mark the following dates on your 2014 calendar:
April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19
On those days, visitors to their Parks won’t have to pay for the following:
Entry for horses and dogs
District fishing permits**
Entry to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont
*Boat launchers will still have to pay for the required invasive mussel inspection.
**Anglers will still have to possess a California state fishing license, for which there’s a fee. And there will still be fees for camping and for group picnic reservations.
Approximately 24 of the District sites have fishing access so there are plenty of opportunities to visit a different spot each time.