FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2011
Commissioner Goldmark applauds passage of recreation pass
A statement regarding passage of the “Discover Pass”
OLYMPIA – “I applaud the legislators for their leadership in creating the Discover Pass. With no room in the General Fund for recreation funding, our choice was a user’s pass or closing parks and recreation opportunities on state lands.
“Washington State has a treasure trove of state lands that are used by millions of people. To have shuttered access to our wonderful state lands would have been a travesty. Creation of the Discover Pass means that places like Mt. Si and Capitol, Blanchard and Ahtanum forests remain open, providing safe places for our families to recreate.
“I thank Senator Ranker and Representative Van De Wege for their leadership. A special thank you to all the users who made their voices heard in this process. The Department of Natural Resources is ready to work together with the Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make this transition as seamless as possible for the users of state lands.”
Agency collaboration on Discover Pass
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and Washington State Parks and Recreation (Parks) co-requested legislation that will provide a stable and reliable source of revenue to continue to maintain recreation access to state lands. The legislation will enable the public to visit lands managed by Parks, WDFW, and DNR. The pass will cost $30 a year per vehicle or $10 for day use. In addition, the legislation provides reciprocal authority for law enforcement staff from each agency, which will improve public safety.
Media Contact: Bryan Flint, Communications Director, 360-902-1023, Bryan.Flint@dnr.wa.gov
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