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Just as Washington state gets set to charge for access to state parks, neighboring British Columbia makes all provincial parks free

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on May 4, 2011 at 8:24 am with 4 Comments »
May 4, 2011 9:23 am

Our Jeffrey Mayor writes today about the pending charge for access to Washington state parks, part of the budget-balancing efforts in Olympia.

Beginning in July, visitors might have to pay to stroll the beach at Kopachuck State Park, hike to the top of Mount Si or use the state boat launch on Black Lake outside of Tumwater…The bill, awaiting a decision by Gov. Chris Gregoire, sets the cost of the pass at $10 a day or $30 a year per vehicle. The pass is expected to generate $64 million to $72 million every two years.

The Peninsula Daily News had a story Tuesday on the new move by British Columbia to remove its parking meters from provincial parks. It is a move to increase use of the province’s parks system and attract tourists.

“The parking meters are coming out and parking will be free, effective immediately, so that British Columbia’s parks are even more welcoming for families,” said (B.C. Premier Christy) Clark, as she launched B.C. Parks centennial celebrations.

“Our parks not only contribute to a healthy lifestyle and protect our environment, they are important to our economy. More park visitors mean more tourism dollars and more jobs for rural British Columbians and we want to eliminate any barriers to using the parks.”

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  1. hortonpeak says:

    Well, after all they do not pay nearly the taxes in BC that we do here — so obviously they can provide for the common good because all those caring rich folks so generously contribute.

  2. jimkingjr says:

    The most heavily subsidized state park is Fort Worden, in Port Townsend- yet that is the community that is always the center of opposition to funding our state parks. Always biting the hand that feeds them…

  3. mkrussell says:

    jimkingjr – that is an outright lie and your information is totally off base.

  4. jimkingjr says:

    What lie?- Fort Worden IS the most heavily subsidized park in the system, and Port Townsend has been the center of opposition to the fees necessary to support our state park system- right up to the cutrent opposition to the Discover Pass. I guess the truth hurts.

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