The following fact sheets describe how current operating budget proposals under negotiation in the Washington State Legislature will affect funding for Washington State Parks in the upcoming 2015-17 biennium. At the core of the discussion is how much public tax support should be approved to help keep state parks on a healthy and sustainable path.
State Parks 2015-17 request: Moving toward a healthy park system
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission submitted a 2015-17 Operating Budget request of $153 million and a Capital Budget request of $96 million to the Office of Financial Management.
The requested budget levels are set to reverse the decline of state parks, services and facilities following several years of reductions and to put State Parks on a path toward a healthy and sustainable park system.
The 2015-17 Operating Budget request is designed to build lost core service capacity in many areas and to focus needed resources to maintain and care for park facilities that encourage state park use. The operating request includes:
Meanwhile, the State Parks Capital Budget request of $96 million is for park projects in all areas of the state. Commission projects were chosen specifically to reduce risk; protect natural and cultural heritage; generate revenue; reduce operating costs; encourage use of parks; and engage volunteers and donors. Examples include: