State Shifts Spending Focus From Park Buying to Park Fixing

March 15, 2016

A bill passed by the Legislature last week offers several changes to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), the state’s largest fund for parks and conservation areas. The main change focuses on putting more money into fixing up existing parks rather than buying new parks.

Excerpt: “Senate leaders frustrated with the WWRP’s emphasis on land purchases sparked controversy last year when they inserted themselves into the WWRP’s independent funding process. The Senate’s budget writers took millions of dollars from property acquisitions and put much of the money into alleviating the maintenance and development challenges many city and county park systems face.”

Read the complete story in the Kitsap Sun.