State adds flexible start date to Discover Pass

November 23, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 23, 2012

State agencies encourage holiday shoppers to consider a Discover Pass as a gift for family and friends interested in the outdoors.

Officials added a feature recently to allow purchasers to choose the pass’ start date. The option is available to customers who purchasing the pass at, or in person from authorized retailers through the Washington Interactive Licensing Database, or WILD, system.

The pass is available in Issaquah at Big 5 Sporting Goods, Fred Meyer and Sports Authority.

The buyer can activate the pass immediately or on any day within one year of purchase.

State legislators passed the option into law in 2012 to allow greater flexibility to outdoor recreation enthusiasts, including people interested in giving the pass as a gift.

“The Discover Pass is the ticket to some of Washington’s most extraordinary places,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a statement. “Giving buyers more flexibility makes the gift of access to Washington’s beautiful recreation lands an even better choice this holiday season.”

The pass, authorized by the Legislature and governor last year, is required on motor vehicles accessing state parks and other state-managed recreation lands, including Tiger Mountain State Forest, and Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks near Issaquah.

The agencies responsible for state recreation lands — Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources. Under the arrangement, state parks receive 84 percent of Discover Pass revenue; Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources each receive 8 percent.

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