June 17, 2012 in Outdoors

Public queried on State Parks future


In the wake of several years of dwindling revenues and budget and staff cutbacks, Washington State Parks is looking for ideas on how to manage its parks system going into the system’s second century of existence.

Public meetings that started in Spokane several weeks ago continued across the state last week.

“Washington State Parks find themselves in the midst of an extraordinary transformation of programs and finances,” said Daniel Farber, Washington State Parks legislative liaison.

The Parks and Recreation Comm- ission is presenting three general directions operating the parks system as:

• Enterprise- based hospitality industry,

• Conservation asset based on grant and tax funding,

• Community nonprofit entities.

Follow the process online at parks.wa.gov


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