Hello, everyone, Because of the economic challenges facing our state and nation, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will need to cut fuel costs and reduce its general expenditures by several million dollars statewide by June 30, 2009.
To do our part, Riverside State Park will be changing operating hours in two areas of the park during the winter. The ORV and equestrian areas of the park will be open weekends only through November and then will close for the winter starting December 1.
We are planning to reopen both areas in March or April; however, this will depend on weather and road conditions. We also will be performing limited snow plowing of park roads and trailheads during the winter. We will do our best to keep the Bowl and Pitcher day-user area and the Highway 291 boat launch site clear of snow.
We put a lot of thought into how we can make these required budget cuts with the least amount of inconvenience to our visitors. We decided the best thing to do was to reduce operating hours during the off-season months and keep the hours of operation the same for the peak season (May to September).
We considered winter attendance figures and use patterns as well as the cost of fuel to maintain these areas. We do not anticipate further service reductions at this time, but we will keep you posted. I appreciate your support of State Parks through these tough economic times.
Please feel free to give me a call with questions or suggestions. Rene’ Wiley Riverside State Park Area Manager 9711 W. Charles Road Nine Mile Falls, WA. 99026 (509) 465-5064
Our primary goal is stewardship of the entire Rimrock/Palisades/Indian Canyon area, including all public lands within the approximate boundaries of Sunset Hwy on the South, Riverside State Park on the North and East, and Airway Heights on the West.
This includes trail planning and maintenance, park advocacy with regard to City Parks issues, involvement with the various agencies assisting in fire management, periodic cleanup activities, and a helpful, watchdog approach to all park users -- i.e. friendly toward non-trashers, non-poachers, non-dealers.
We also want to spread the teachings of the "Leave No Trace" Outdoor Ethics program, both within our own area and by reaching out to other user groups to help work toward having clean, sustainable public lands everywhere. We hope you'll join us.
If you live in this area, or are intersted in conservation of our park, please follow our blog and check in periodically to see what's happening in the club.
We'll be having a Christmas Party in December, so stay tuned for information.