This week, we teamed up with 14 Friends Groups to thank Governor Inslee for his support of state parks in his proposed 2015-17 budget. Read the whole letter below.
February 17, 2015
Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Dear Governor Inslee:
On behalf of the Washington State Parks Foundation and State Park Friends Groups and Foundations across the state, we wish to thank you for the generous support of state parks in your proposed 2015-17 budget. We are grateful that your proposed capital budget for state parks funds nearly 90 percent of the Commission’s request. We also appreciate that your operating budget would reduce the decline of the state parks system and sends an important message to the legislature that state parks are a priority.
We understand that Washington’s recovery from the recession and obligations to fund basic education have created extreme challenges in funding a range of important programs and services. At the same time, state parks has done its best to reduce the need for public funding by transitioning to a predominately user-fee based system through camping fees, the Discover Pass and other earned revenue.
We appreciate that you realize how critical the remaining public fund support is to state parks in achieving your goal of a healthy and sustainable park system. As you know, our biggest challenges to realizing this vision are operating budget investments. Thank you for offering an operating budget that brings us within sight of our goal, and for recognizing that one of the nation’s most spectacular park systems should have the type of support that the public wants, expects and deserves.
Washington State Parks Foundation
Bridle Trails Park Foundation
Friends of the Columbia River Gateway
Friends of Hoko River State Park
Friends of Birch Bay State Park
Friends of the Centennial Trail
Nancy Steinberg President
Friends of Fort Townsend
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park
Friends of Lime Kiln Society
Lime Kiln Point State Park, San Juan Island
Preserve Our Parks
Friends of Sacajawea State Park
Friends of Washington State Parks
Cris M. Currie
Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park
Riverside State Park Foundation
Friends of the Spokane House