Washington State Parks

Audit
10:26 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Auditor: Wash. State Parks Must Improve

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and for its Discover Passes and other park revenues.

That was the finding of a report issued Thursday by the Washington State Auditor's Office.

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Environment
7:53 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Want to explore state parks? There’s an app for that

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.

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.

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Pollution
12:14 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Garbage from massive party closes popular Wash. recreation area

On this screen grab from KREM.com, the cause of the garbage on the Illia Dunes is apparent.

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.

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Budget crisis
11:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

State Parks leaders start cutting staff

State Parks leaders have decided to go ahead with planned layoffs, even after the Legislature asked them not to. 

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Budget crisis
9:04 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Washington parks face emergency budget cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’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.

The crisis comes as sales of the new Discover Pass lag.

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Discover Pass
3:57 pm
Sat June 25, 2011

Fees boost price of Washington state park pass beyond $30

Washington State Parks

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.

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PUBLIC LANDS
1:33 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Bill would charge fee to access state recreation sites

Day use of one of Washington's 119 state parks, such as Moran State Park on Orcas Island would cost $10 or $30 annually under a proposed bill.
HeatherL Flickr

First the state Senate, now the House. Either way, it’ll cost you ten bucks to visit a Washington State Park for the day if the legislature passes measures now being considered in Olympia.

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Public Lands
8:44 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Say goodbye to free park access

Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island.
Jeff Maurone Flickr

Wanna use state parks and other recreational lands this summer? Under a new proposal, you’ll have to cough up a $30 annual fee.

Democratic Senator Kevin Ranker of Friday Harbor is sponsor of Senate Bill 5622. 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.

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State Government
8:15 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Auditor zings State Parks in whistleblower investigation

Washington State Parks mismanaged contracts resulting in a “gross waste of public funds.” That’s the conclusion of an investigation prompted by a whistleblower into a project at a state marine park on Puget Sound.

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