Monday, November 26, 2012

What to get the person who has everything?

Buy a Discover Pass instead!
​The holiday shopping season officially kicked off with Black Friday last week, but what do you get the person on your list who seems to have everything? Another tie? A holiday fruitcake that will be regifted for years to come?
How about a gift that will keep on giving for a full calendar year - a Discover Pass for Washington's state parks system!
Thanks to legislation passed in 2012, those who purchase a Discover Pass can now designate the "start date" for the pass. This means the recipient won't have to miss out on a single day of parks access if you buy the pass now but gift it later in December - or even later in the year.
Additionally, a Discover Pass is now valid for up to two vehicles, another 2012 tweak that made it more user-friendly.
Since 2011, a parking pass is required at all state parks. Day passes are available for $10, but the Discover Pass is $30 and good for a full year.  You do the math, but for the outdoor enthusiast it can easily pay for itself.

Discover Pass kiosk,
Saltwater State Park

Our parks system is in the process of transitioning to a self-supporting model, and pass sales play a key role in that transition. By purchasing a Discover Pass, you are helping to fund the maintenance and upkeep of the more than 100 parks statewide.
For more information about new Discover Pass flexibility and where to buy the pass, click here.

To read this story in Spanish, click here.