State looks at changing marine fees

Staff reportJune 8, 2014 

The State Parks and Recreation Commission wants to know how boaters use state marine parks and their views on possible changes to fees and policies for next year.

Boaters are invited to take a survey at parks.wa.gov/165/boating-fees. The 30-question survey takes about 5-15 minutes to complete. The deadline to take it is June 15.

State Parks manages more than 40 marine parks, most in Puget Sound. Accessible only by boat, these parks often feature floats or buoys for overnight moorage.

Since 2009, the agency has lost almost 80 percent of its tax support. Survey results will help guide the department as it looks to develop a sustainable funding structure through a more market-based approach to managing its facilities.

Maps showing marine park locations are available at parks.wa.gov/648/moorage. For more information about the survey, call 360-902-8667.

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