News Release 13-055
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Virginia Painter: (360) 902-8562
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
State Parks Commission regular meeting scheduled for Chelan next week
Sept. 17, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will convene a regular meeting in Chelan next week.
The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Campbell’s Resort, Ballrooms II and III, 104 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan. A full Commission meeting agenda is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/agency/commissionmeetings/. Time for public comment is provided at all regular Commission meetings, which are scheduled six times a year at locations around the state.
The Commission will consider a potential request legislation agenda for the 2014 session. Items for consideration will include technical changes to ski lift inspection requirements, greater flexibility in recognizing donors and sponsors to solicit support; Winter Recreation permit requirement changes; and increased recreation trail access for agricultural purposes and persons with disabilities.
Also on the agenda is consideration of a supplemental budget request for additional spending authority totaling $3.2 million – including authority to spend an additional $400,000 from winter recreation fees to do increased plowing, trail grooming and equipment repair to meet increasing public use needs. The supplemental request also could include adding $2.8 million in spending authority from earned fees, donations and merchandising activities; and $1.6 in additional General Fund to cover unanticipated costs for tree risk management, marine and water system maintenance and technology and law enforcement communications.
In other business, the Commission will consider a direct sale of approximately .2 acres of parkland within the Spokane Centennial Trail corridor to the City of Spokane, where a bridge replacement project is planned.
Several reports will be presented, including a 2011-13 financial report; a 2013-15 budget proviso report and program updates on the agency’s 2011-13 Capital Construction Program.
Commission work session: A Commission work session is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, Campbell’s Resort, Ballroom II and III, 104 Woodin Ave., Chelan. Work session topics will include an update on the Governor’s five goal areas of Results Washington; potential capital budget priorities to begin considering for 2015-17; a status report on agency operations model; an October report to the Office of Financial Management; agency Transformation Strategy plans; deferred maintenance and revenue budget proviso; and a property leases and concessions overview.
Work sessions are open to the public, however no public testimony is heard and no formal Commission action is taken at work sessions.
Commission tour: Commission members will depart Campbell’s Resort at 8 a.m. Sept. 27, to do a tour of Bridgeport State Park and may visit other park properties in the Chelan area.
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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and is celebrating Centennial 2013 with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.
Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.