Update Nov. 17, 2014. The report "Marine Park Study" with information about how State Parks arrived at the new moorage rates is available here: www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5025
OLYMPIA – November 10, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced new moorage rates for mooring in state marine parks. The new prices take effect Jan. 1, 2015.
The Washington State Legislator has directed State Parks to generate additional revenue from its facilities and services to offset the loss of tax support. Moorage fees were last increased in early 2012, and State Parks is taking action to make the moorage program more self-supporting. Even with the 2015 fee increases, the program will need greater long-term financial support.
The price revisions are the result of a market analysis and stakeholder outreach conducted earlier this year. Marine park users told State Parks that enforcement of moorage fees needs to be improved. State Parks is continuing to analyze the program and address concerns. The revised moorage fees are as follows:
Supporting documents from stakeholder and public outreach will be posted on the State Parks website later this week. If you’d like the link to the documents, please contact Toni Droscher at firstname.lastname@example.org, Communications, or Katie Manning, Business Development Program Manager, at email@example.com.
Washington State Parks Mooring SystemWashington State Parks operates the largest state-managed mooring system in the nation, with more than 40 marine parks and more than 8,500 feet of public moorage space throughout Puget Sound. Fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Purchasing an annual moorage permit can save money for those who frequent the state’s marine parks.
For more information about state parks’ boat moorage and locations of moorage sites, visit: www.parks.wa.gov/648/Moorage
About Washington State ParksThe Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
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