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Volunteers Cleanup Budget-Strapped Washington State Parks

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PASCO, Wash.-- Washington state parks are facing setbacks from budget cuts and Saturday local volunteers took it upon themselves to clean up one of those parks in Pasco.

Sacajawea State Park in Pasco is just one of Washington's 117 state parks.

It's struggling like the rest of them to maintain the grounds.

That's why volunteer groups like the Friends of Sacajawea State Park are spending their Saturday picking up the historic park.

Volunteers want to preserve the history to the park marked along the Lewis and Clark Trail and the river side greenery that brighten the local landscape.

In 20-11 the state cut funding for parks.. And hoped the discover pass would pick up tab for maintenance.. But it's not.

"We can't rely just on our state folks anymore. We really have to begin to rely on the community. Really the community is who uses the park and takes care of the park. So having them more involved is a great thing," said David Spaulding, President, Friends of Sacajawea State Park.

This year the Washington state park system turns 100 years old, but it's taking a turn for the worst if things don't turn around.

Since 2000, 12 state parks have closed and Spaulding said he worries Sacajawea State Park could be shut down, too.

If you'd like to join the Friends of Sacajawea State Park, call (509) 366-1272.

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