Washington’s Discover Pass Sales Increase

September 23, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Discover Pass sales rose in 2013.

Sales of the Discover Pass are picking up and that is good news for the state of Washington’s financially strapped parks system.

Revenue collected in the second full year of sales was nearly $1 million higher than its inaugural year, a sign agency officials hope signals the public’s growing acceptance of a program created to offset the loss of state funding through budget cuts, the Daily Herald, Everett, reported.

Overall, the state took in $32.4 million in the two-year budget cycle that ended June 30, according to a report prepared for the state Parks and Recreation Commission.

Of that total, $27.2 million went to state parks with the remainder divided evenly between the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife. All three agencies manage state recreation lands, which require a Discover Pass for vehicle access.

Second-year sales generated almost $16.7 million for the three agencies compared to $15.7 million in the first year. State parks’ share of the additional dollars was $785,558.

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