Peninsula: State parks panel begins user fee talks this week

The state Parks and Recreation Commission will consider an implementation plan and policy changes for collecting $5 parking permit fees at most state parks, including those on the North Olympic Peninsula.

The fee goes into effect Jan. 1, and is likely to hit Port Townsend’s Fort Worden State Park the hardest of affected facilities on the Northwest Olympic Peninsula.

The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium at the General Administration Building, 200 11th Ave. in Olympia.

Wayne McLaughlin, Washington State Parks chief of programs and services, in October said parking fees at Fort Worden State park will not be charged for anyone paying an entrance fee to Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Commander’s House and Coast Artillery Museum or canteen customers.

Rangers at the park will determine who gets charged.

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