Capital Budget 2022

Goldendale Observatory

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has submitted the 2023-2025 Capital Budget request for legislative consideration during the 2023 legislative session. The request is guided by current Capital projects, previous planning and outreach efforts, and Commission direction. 

Previous Commission Direction 

At its November 2017 regular meeting, the Commission approved a set of principles to guide development of the 2019-29 Ten-Year Capital Plan. Staff continues to rely on these principles now referred to as the 2023-2033 Ten-Year Capital Plan Guidance Tool to guide development and refinement of the agency’s 2023-33 Ten-Year Capital plan. These principles, along with the Commission’s other adopted strategic guidance (e.g., State Parks’ Acquisition and Development Strategy, State Parks 2021-31 Strategic Plan, and 2022 Commission Priorities), will also form the basis for development of the agency’s 2023-25 biennial capital budget request.  

Budget Development Process and Timeline

Parks Staff have used an inclusive process to identify Capital needs and develop a list of projects for its proposed 2023-25 Capital Budget Request. This process included a multi-disciplinary capital budget team to help streamline communications between programs and staff at Parks, as well as consultation with agency subject matter experts from the following areas: 

  • Historic Preservation 
  • Facilities
  • Maintenance Program
  • Trail Program
  • Interpretive Program
  • Business Development 
  • Planning and Partnership Program
  • Grant Coordinator 
  • Stewardship/Natural Resources Program


The Commission affirmed the following assumptions to guide development of the agency’s Ten-Year Capital Plan, as well as the 2023-25 biennial capital budget request:

  • Continue use of previous Commission ten-year plan guidance
  • Build upon the agency’s existing 2021-31 Ten-Year Capital Plan, refine project scopes, identify new projects, and re-prioritize projects to reflect current needs
  • Seek to improve facility condition to 80% in ten to twenty years 
  • Request 70-80% preservation projects and 20-30% strategic new development projects
  • Identify projects appropriate for the Legislature to fund as part of a larger pool of funds
  • Emphasize scoping of projects under $10 million that do not require predesign studies
  • Recognize that pandemic-related staffing shortages and lengthened permitting and construction timelines may persist and lead to significantly higher reappropriation levels
  • Recognize limited funding capacity to advance all projects for which staff has prepared predesign studies 

Budget Structure

The Commission carried forward and approved the capital budget structure from the agency’s previous capital budget request to guide development of the 2023-25 biennial capital budget request. Proposed categories in priority order include:

Re-appropriations – Projects that have already been authorized by the legislature and weren’t completed within the biennial timeline.

Operationally Critical – Crucial to the ability of a given facility or park to remain operational/accessible to the public.

Shovel Ready – Multi-biennia phased projects that have already been partially funded (e.g., construction phase of a project that already had funding for design and permits).

*Minor Works Preservation – Grouping of small projects under $1 million for renovation of existing facilities.

Statewide Critical – Critical to the ongoing success and improvement of the State Park system (e.g., Facilities and Infrastructures Backlog Reduction, ADA, Code/Regulatory Compliance).

Multiphase Predesign – Major Capital projects exceeding $10 million dollars connected with current and past OFM Predesigns.

*Minor Works Program – Grouping of small projects under $1 million for development of new facilities.

Priority – Other high priority park or statewide projects not meeting any of the above categories. Includes statewide funding pools for comfort station replacement, road resurfacing, and trails maintenance. 

Magnitude of Request

At its April 2022 regular meeting, the Commission approved the following magnitude of the overall project request.  This was drawn from recommended capital budget assumptions, structure, and project scoping and ranking previously undertaken 

Approved Budget Structure and Magnitude

Category 2023-2025 Proposed $ % o Request
Operationally Critical $8,750,000 7%
Shovel Ready $18,500,000 14.8%
Statewide Critical $18,500,000 14.8%
Priority $16,000,000 12.8%
Statewide Priority $6,250,000 5%
Multiphase Predesign 57,000,000  45.6%
*TOTAL *$125,000,000 100%

*Total subject to change when inflation and construction cost increases are considered. 

Next Steps

The multi-disciplinary capital budget has assembled a complete, ranked, and phased project list reviewed by agency executives, the Commission Budget Committee, and the other commissioners. Capital program staff then incorporated comments and suggestions from reviewers into a final staff recommended capital budget proposal for consideration and adoption by the Commission at its July 2022 meeting.

Capital Budget Development Timeline

Monthly Timeline
Month Task
JANUARY /FEBRUARY Capital project list compiled by budget status categories (i.e., funded, potential reappropriation, etc.) and sent to region, capital, and maintenance managers to begin review.
MARCH Review by subject matter experts (SMEs) and final review/prioritization from region, capital, and maintenance program managers.
APRIL Commission direction of size and composition of agency’s proposed capital budget. Final draft of capital project list ready for ELT review and approval.
MAY/JUNE Confirm project scopes, cost estimates, and operating impacts.
JULY Final 2023-25 Capital budget request proposal for Commission approval.
AUG Complete capital budget buildout and update Capital Budget System.
SEPT 2023-25 Capital budget request submittal to OFM.

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We are interested in feedback about how best to collect consider public feedback on development of the capital list and any comments/input on the projects and priorities.