KENNEWICK, Wash. - After one month, donation collections for state parks are on track to meet the 2009-11 budget. A few months ago the State of Washington gave Washingtonians the option to donate five dollars to state parks when renewing car tabs.
The new tabs donation program focuses on keeping state parks open, such as Sacajawea State Park in Pasco. The reports for September show it brought in $1.4 million dollars. "We're happy to see that number. We have only 22 months to collect any donations for this biennium. So we were already short to collect donations. So that is a really good starting number," said Sandy Mealing of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
The state parks will need to make at least $28 million dollars in donations over the two year budget, which continues till July 2011. This means an average of $1.25 million dollars is needed each month to meet its budget. If the goal is met, the state parks stay open.