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Washington Parks Look at Fee Changes

January 18, 2013

At its regular meeting next week in Ocean Shores, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider the establishment of new fees and revisions on their current policies associated with the parks.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.
Economic downturns led the state Legislature and governor to convert the State Parks Operating Budget from primarily being tax supported, to being funded by “fee for service.”

The new fee policy under Commission consideration would set new rates for campsites. While State Parks staff believes the new fee structure will result in a lower average price for campsites over the course of a year, additional revenue will be generated from premier sites for weekends, holidays and prime seasons.

Proposed 2014 base rates:
• Primitive campsite: $12 (same as 2013)
• Standard (tent) site: $25 (8 percent increase)
• Partial-utility site: $30 (same as 2013)
• Full-utility site: $35 (8 percent increase)

The policy would allow the agency to charge up to an additional $15 for designated premier sites and up to $8 on standard or $15 for RV campsites for weekends and holidays.

Washington State Parks instituted the Discover Pass in July 2011 as a way to generate funding to operate the parks after other money was moved to help balance the budget.

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