Lake Wenatchee State Park : Update
In an earlier post, I described how Lake Wenatchee State Park might be mothballed due to budget concerns.
Recently a proposal to save the Washington State Parks has been added to the 2009-11 budget.
According to an article in the Daily Olympian:
The new 2009-2011 state budget, which awaits Gov. Chris Gregoire’s signature, includes enough money – in the form of an expected $23 million in “opt-out” donations from motor vehicle registrations and money from boater and trail rider gasoline taxes – to keep parks open.
People renewing their car or truck registrations will be charged a $5 donation toward state park operations unless they check a box to opt out of the donation.
No Washington State Parks will need to be mothballed at this point, although some will be losing staff and some will still be sold to other local agencies like counties and cities.
This is great news for Lake Wenatchee State Park and for all who enjoy using the lake. This means beach access this summer, nordic ski trails next winter, use of the boat launch this summer, and of course, the Polar Bear Swim next January.
As of this date the Washington State Parks website has no new information on closures or cuts.