Washington State Parks to consider allowing commercial advertising

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has an existing policy that prohibits advertising in state parks. Through the 2009-11 and 2011-13 State Parks operating budgets, the Legislature directed the agency to work toward self-sufficiency. The agency’s Transformation Plan identifies digital media and printed collateral as agency assets with significant potential to raise advertising revenue to support operations.


At its next regular meeting on Jan. 23, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider repealing the existing policy and approving a new Washington State Parks Advertising Policy to allow commercial advertising on digital and printed material and to set criteria for any such advertising. The draft advertising policy can be found online at http://www.parks.wa.gov/plans/StateParksAdvertisingPolicy.doc .

The proposed policy does not include commercial advertising in state parks but only advertising on agency websites and select printed materials.


Written public comment received by Jan. 7 will be provided to Commission for consideration.


To provide comments, the public may attend the Commission meeting in person or e-mail comments to website@parks.wa.gov.


The Commission regular meeting is scheduled for:

9 a.m. Jan. 23

The Governor Hotel
621 Capitol Way S.
Olympia, WA 98504