In 1993, at the request of the Washington State Office of Financial Management, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission convened a meeting of the state natural resource agencies, which included (in addition to state parks) the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation (IAC), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR),and the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Together, these agencies, along with the USDA Forest Service and citizens with disabilities, formed the Accessibility Task Force to coordinate a special $400,000 appropriation to make barrier-free improvements to outdoor recreation facilities. The task force identified and funded projects that would provide the agencies an opportunity to demonstrate efficiency and cost savings by working on joint proposals for barrier-free access.
In the 1995-97 biennium, and again in the 1997-99 biennium, the State Office of Financial Management appropriated over $1.2 million each biennia for the task force agencies to continue their effort. None of these funds were spent on USDA Forest Service or National Park Service sites.
Funds from the appropriation were set aside to publish this guide in 1999. The natural resource agencies have attempted to list sites that have some element of accessibility - those funded with the special appropriations, and those funded from other sources as well. Although every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this guide is current and accurate, changing conditions may affect the availability of sites.
In 2003 IAC funded the printing of this guide. Washington State Parks provided the graphic production and continues to host and update this guide on the website.