OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington officials say advertising could help the state parks system generate much-needed revenue.
The Everett Herald reports that the Legislature is considering bills that would start generating revenue from advertising on the agency website. There won’t be any billboards or corporate displays in parks anytime soon, and Republican Sen. Kirk Pearson says officials won’t permit advertising that offends visitors.
The legislation doesn’t outlaw any type of commercial advertising in parks, but the Parks and Recreation Commission is preparing to adopt a policy to prohibit in-park advertising except as allowed under agreements with concessionaires.
Lawmakers have been trying in recent years to move the state parks system away from taxpayer support. Another proposal on the table this year would expand private investment in state parks.