State parks hope to recover lost funds with Discover Pass

State parks hope to recover lost funds with Discover Pass

In order to make up for the lost funds from the general fund, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managed lands are requiring Discover Passes for recreator vehicles.

The $30 passes are projected to earn the state about $65 million in revenue over the next two years. That number is similar to the $64 million taken out of the general fund for state parks.

The Tri-City Herald reports that during the first month of the state’s Discover Pass, they saw a 50 percent drop in visitors at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco.

Gary Vierra, Riverside Park assistant manager, said to KXLY reporter, Aaron Luna, that it’s necessary that recreators pay the $30 fee for the Discover Pass.

Even though nearly 600 vendors offer the Discover Pass, the State is now offering another venue to push the Discover Pass onto drivers.

They’re offering it to those who renew their license tabs through the Department of Licensing. The pass will be available for purchase for those with a vehicle registration expiration date on or after October 1st, 2011.

More Information: You can order your Discover Pass online and view of list of state parks in the Spokane/Colville region,  Southeast Washington region, WDFW-managed landswater access points, and DNR-managed lands