New Outdoor Recreation Sector Economic Analysis and Capital Funding Requests

drawing of capital building dome over the words legislative update and the WRPA logoWRPA Writes Letter in Support of Recreation Funding; Shares Updated Economic Analysis Report

A Message from Doug Levy, WRPA Lobbyist

At its August 12 meeting, the Recreation & Conservation Funding Board (RCFB) will be reviewing and listening to Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) staff reports, correspondence from stakeholders, and “in-person” (virtual) testimony as it decides what funding level to recommend to the Governor’s Office for the 2021-23 Capital Budget funding levels for:
  • the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program (WWRP)
  • the Youth Athletic Facilities (YAF) account
  • the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA)

WRPA submitted a letter to the RCFB, co-signed by President Paul Simmons, Executive Director Tiffany Hanzo, and Legislative Steering Committee Chair Roxanne Miles, where we second the WWRC’s request for $140M for WWRP and ask for full funding of the YAF ($11.3M) and ALEA ($9.1M) application lists. Both WRPA President Paul Simmons and WRPA Lobbyist Doug Levy will be virtual attendees at the August 12 RCFB Board Meeting and will speak to this further.

Read WRPA's full letter to the RCFB

An updated economic analysis of the Outdoor Recreation Sector—done with funding assistance from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and under the auspices of the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)—has also been completed. The numbers on the economic contribution of the outdoor recreation sector have only gotten MORE impressive since the initial 2015 report was done. This update, and getting the funding for it, was one of our 2020 Session WRPA priority items—on which we were successful!

Take a look at the press release for this successful economic analysis. You can also view the full report on the RCO website.

View Full Economic Analysis
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