Admiralty Light, Fort Casey State Park
Washington State Parks has entered its second century. But with the celebration, significant challenges lie ahead. With stewardship responsibility for over 750 historic buildings, sites and structures, Washington State Parks is the single largest owner of historic buildings in the state. Yet budget cuts in previous years have made it difficult for our State Parks system to operate at the level Washingtonians are accustomed to enjoying, let alone deal with the significant back log of maintenance and repair needs facing historic buildings within our parks.
The State Parks Capital Budget request includes over $13 million dedicated to historic property preservation and rehabilitation. These projects will help the agency reduce risk to visitors, encourage the use of parks, advance existing partnerships, and ultimately will help protect Washington's heritage. In addition, the Governor's proposed budget includes funding increases for State Parks. The Washington Trust is thankful to Governor Inslee for his acknowledgement that State Parks cannot run on earned income alone and that a more balanced approach, including earned income supplemented with general fund support, is the state's responsibility to provide.
For more comprehensive information on State Parks budget request, please consult the fact sheet entitled Reinvesting in State Parks in 2015-17
Please contact your legislators and ask them to support State Parks! To find contact information for your state legislators, use the state’s District Finder Map
Fort Simcoe State Park