washington state parks 'A Hidden Gem': Restoration Completed Of Cabin Where Washington History Made By Tom Banse • Oct 9, 2017 TOM BANSE / NORTHWEST NEWS NETWORK History buffs, politicians and park rangers gathered Friday, Oct. 6, to celebrate the restoration of an often overlooked historic site in the Washington State Park system. Washington Lawmakers Pass Budget To Avert Imminent Government Shutdown By Austin Jenkins • Jun 30, 2017 Listen Listening... / If you have a reservation at a Washington state park this weekend or you rely on state services, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Washington lawmakers have passed a nearly $44 billion, two-year budget, averting an imminent government shutdown. Advertising Coming To Washington State Parks By Tom Banse • Apr 6, 2016 Listen Listening... / "Limited" commercial advertising is coming to Washington State Parks. The state park system will begin placing ads in parks as early as this summer to make itself more self-sustaining.