Wash. explores ads to support state parks

Wash. explores ads to support state parks

Wash. explores ads to support state parks

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington officials say advertising could help the state parks system generate much-needed revenue.

A media source 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.

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