2013: Big Birthday, Big Budget Woes for WA State Parks

“I don’t think we ever imagined it would be quite this bad – but we probably should have. But what we didn’t take into account is that a program like this takes two, three, sometimes four seasons to stabilize and get to a level where you can actually project, year after year, what that revenue stream’s going to be.”

State parks receive 84 percent of the Discover Pass revenue, and 17 “friends” groups help with maintenance and fundraising for certain parks around the state. Volunteers already put in an estimated 280,000 hours a year for the park system. Those park-system “friends” groups are listed online at parks.wa.gov/volunteers/friends.