PORT TOWNSEND — Even though Fort Worden State Park is nearly self-supporting, it will not be exempt from planned new parking fees for state parks.
The State Parks Commission is expected to implement parking fees Jan. 1, according to Wayne McLaughlin, chief of programs and services for Washing State Parks.
Day-use parking fees are expected to be $5 for the first two years they are implemented and then rise to $7, Laughlin said. An annual pass will likely cost $50 for two years before rising to $70.
Park Manager Jim Farmer said Thursday visitors should be prepared.
“The reality is there are going to be parking fees at Fort Worden,”‘ Farmer said.
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