PASCO, Wash. - Sacajawea Park in Pasco was in danger of being closed temporarily as part of the state budget cuts. We now have word that it will remain open.
House Bill 2239 changed the five dollar state park donation opt-in feature on car and truck registration renewal forms to an opt-out feature. This means people can now choose not to pay the five dollars if they notice it on the form.
Legislators who voted for the bill and state park representatives feel enough people will donate to save the parks.
Sacajawea Park Manager Reade Obern said he couldn't be more grateful for the support everyone has given.
"People in Washington sent an amazing number of emails, letters and phone calls to the legislators and from myself personally, that really helped the decision for the legislature to find money for state parks to stay open," said Obern.
Even though Sacajawea Park will remain open, the legislature called to consolidate offices, and lay off workers. Those decisions will be made at the Park Agency Commission meeting May 19th.
The bill still needs Governor Gregoire's signature, and she is expected to sign it.