State Parks Commission May Request Budget Revisions After Discover Sales Slump

In its August 2012 report to the Office of Financial Management, the Commission took the position that it is not achievable or desirable for State Parks to be completely self-supporting and that it would request General Fund.

In other business, the Commission will consider endorsing an appropriation request of $90 million from the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program as part of its 2013-15 capital budget. The program is administered through the state Recreation Conservation Office. State Parks’ listed projects for consideration include trail development, property and tideland acquisitions for future development and improvements for such things as picnic shelters and cabins.

Also, the Commission will consider appointing six citizens to two State Parks Winter Recreation advisory boards – one for snowmobile advisory issues and one for non-motorized winter recreation. Nominations are through a public process, and terms will run from Nov. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015. Also to be considered are proposed revisions to the Washington Administrative Code, including allowing overnight camping in approved areas of designated Sno-Parks; allowing operation of electric generators in RVs during the winter season; and campfire restrictions at Crystal Springs and Easton Reload Sno-Parks.

Reports to the Commission

The Commission will hear a variety of program updates and progress reports, including:
• Progress on a proposed Mount Spokane State Park ski area expansion
• Progress and considerations regarding the potential of Fort Worden State Park being managed by the Port Townsend Lifelong Learning Center Public Development Authority (this report scheduled for 1 p.m.)
• Status update on the State Parks statewide trails program
• Highlights and program accomplishments of the Winter Recreation Program
• Marketing program update
• Aquatic Land Enhancement Account expenditures report
• State Parks’ Revenue and Efficiency Task Force report
• Centennial 2013 celebration planning 

Work sessions

Work sessions are open to the public, however, no public testimony and no formal Commission action are taken. Two work sessions are planned in conjunction with the Vancouver regular meeting.

• General session: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Council Chambers at Vancouver City Hall, 415 Sixth St., Vancouver. Topics include budget update and revised revenue projections; sponsorship policy; operations update; wind-powered vehicles in Seashore Conservation Area; volunteer and friends programs; special events; entitlements; 2014 fee schedule; request legislation; legislative outreach and commissioner discussion and reports. 

• Session to discuss Centennial 2013 celebrations: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Hilton Hotel, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.