Our State Parks

The NYT takes a look at the state park dilemma and what some parks will be doing to stay open this season:

Here in Washington, one of only a handful of states that has not charged entrance fees to state parks, the revenue stream is about to change. Beginning July 1, the parks will no longer receive state money for their operating budgets. Instead, they will rely directly on new entrance fees — $30 for an annual pass, $10 for one day. It is far from clear that the new plan will compensate for the $70 million in state money that parks are losing each year.

“We’re totally free of the tax system,” said Jack Hartt, the manager here at Deception Pass State Park. “If you support the park system, you’ll buy a pass. If not, you won’t.”

“Customers,” Mr. Hartt said, “is the new buzzword.”

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3 Responses to Our State Parks

  1. Jay Jurkowitsch June 7, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    If the People want Their State Parks to be places of: quiet/clean and peaceful Re-Creation; then we MUST support them with Our Dollars!! The States have other priorities and the ANTI quiet/clean and peaceful lobbies can smell the dying lands, so in CA they are asking that the previously wild-ish lands be open to ATV’s / Dirt Bikes / Giant Mud Bogging Trucks and (in Winter) Snowmobiles!!
    We need to Step UP, spend the $30/year (Hell, that isn’t much, 2 – 12pkts. of good beer) and Save the Parks for Future Generations park users!!

  2. Michael June 8, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Michigan just rolled out a new program to fund it’s State Parks and it’s really working well, and the costs went down.

    http://www.mlive.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2011/05/why_new_michigan_state_park_pa.html

  3. Phil June 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Was just up at Mt. Rainier the other day and happily spent the $15 for entrance (right now that gives you a 7 day pass). Yes another 15 gets me a year pass, but I can’t get up there that often. So each time I drop a fresh 15 (more like donation) that means more money for the park and in my book that’s a win.

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