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Washington parks consider fundamental changes

(Sept. 10, 2012) -- Washington Parks and Recreation Commissioners reject the idea that Washington’s parks can be fully self-supported, and said they will ask lawmakers for at least $18 million to help fund parks for the next two years, reports The Wenatchee World Online.

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. — When the state Parks and Recreation Commission met in East Wenatchee last month, it unanimously adopted a new report called the State of State Parks.

The Wenatchee World Online says in the report, commissioners reject the idea that Washington’s parks can be fully self-supported, and state they will ask lawmakers for at least $18 million to help fund parks for the next two years.

Steve Milner, a commissioner from Chelan, said if parks begin to rely completely on wealthy people, the nature of state parks and what they provide will eventually change. “Ultimately,” he told

The Wenatchee World Online, “you wind up with services to suit the people who fund it. We want to keep this a family-oriented park system.”

To read the complete report from The Wenatchee World Online, click here.Also see “Biggest impact is to park rangers” by clicking here.

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