Washington State Parks http://kplu.org en Want to explore state parks? There’s an app for that http://kplu.org/post/want-explore-wash-state-parks-there-s-app <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s state park system boasts everything from coastal campgrounds to wooded hiking trails and historical buildings. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, you might find help in the palm of your hand.</span></p><p>Just in time for Washington State Parks' centennial, the state has unveiled a new smartphone app that serves as an on-the-go interactive guide.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 02:53:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8066 at http://kplu.org Want to explore state parks? There’s an app for that Garbage from massive party closes popular Wash. recreation area http://kplu.org/post/garbage-massive-party-closes-popular-wash-recreation-area <p>PULLMAN, Wash. – A popular recreation area along the Snake River near Pullman will not be open for Labor Day because it was trashed last weekend by hard-partying visitors.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:14:07 +0000 The Associated Press 6113 at http://kplu.org Garbage from massive party closes popular Wash. recreation area State Parks leaders start cutting staff http://kplu.org/post/state-parks-leaders-start-cutting-staff <p>State Parks leaders have decided to go ahead with planned layoffs, even after the Legislature asked them not to.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:00:08 +0000 Amelia Greim 3697 at http://kplu.org Washington parks face emergency budget cuts http://kplu.org/post/washington-parks-face-emergency-budget-cuts <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington&rsquo;s state park system is facing an emergency funding crisis. The Parks Commission will meet Tuesday to vote on a plan to immediately cut $11 million from the budget.</p><p>The crisis comes as sales of the new Discover Pass lag.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 17:04:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3368 at http://kplu.org Fees boost price of Washington state park pass beyond $30 http://kplu.org/post/fees-boost-price-washington-state-park-pass-beyond-30 <p>The true cost of the new annual pass for Washington state parks will be $30 plus fees, when purchased online or at a licensed dealer.</p><p> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 22:57:58 +0000 Austin Jenkins 1957 at http://kplu.org Fees boost price of Washington state park pass beyond $30 Bill would charge fee to access state recreation sites http://kplu.org/post/bill-would-charge-fee-access-state-recreation-sites <p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/say-goodbye-free-park-access">First the state Senate</a>, now the House. Either way, it&rsquo;ll cost you ten bucks to visit a Washington State Park for the day if the legislature passes measures now being considered in Olympia. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:33:52 +0000 Gary Crawford 811 at http://kplu.org Bill would charge fee to access state recreation sites Say goodbye to free park access http://kplu.org/post/say-goodbye-free-park-access <p>Wanna use state parks and other recreational lands this summer? Under a new proposal, you’ll have to cough up a $30 annual fee.</p><p>Democratic Senator Kevin Ranker of Friday Harbor is sponsor of<a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5622&amp;year=2011"> Senate Bill 5622</a>. The measure would raise money for state parks, as well as the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, at a time when the state’s budget crisis is forcing lawmakers to close a massive budget gap. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:44:42 +0000 Liam Moriarty 683 at http://kplu.org Say goodbye to free park access Auditor zings State Parks in whistleblower investigation http://kplu.org/post/auditor-zings-state-parks-whistleblower-investigation <p>Washington State Parks mismanaged contracts resulting in a “gross waste of public funds.” That’s the conclusion of <a href="http://www.sao.wa.gov/AuditReports/AuditReportFiles/ar1004706.pdf">an investigation</a> prompted by a whistleblower into a project at a state marine park on Puget Sound.</p><p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:15:35 +0000 Austin Jenkins 309 at http://kplu.org