washington state parks

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. 

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.

"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.