Chelan County PUD customer-owners and county residents can apply now for their 2018 pass to park free during the day at the three PUD parks managed by Washington State Parks & Recreation – Wenatchee Confluence, Daroga and Lincoln Rock.
Offered as a Public Power Benefit since 2015, the passes are popular, said Parks Manager Ryan Baker. His goal is to issue at least 1,700 passes for 2018. Baker said that is about 60 more passes than were issued this year.
“Customers tell us over and over how much they enjoy using the pass to spend time in our local state parks,” he said. “Many people use the parking at Confluence and Lincoln Rock as a starting point to walk, run or bike on the Loop Trail and the Rocky Reach Trail extension. In fact, a survey of pass users showed Lincoln Rock is the top destination.”
Free parking at the PUD-owned state parks was one of the highest-ranked customer priorities in the 2015 – 2019 strategic plan. The popularity has continued since it started as a pilot project in 2015.
PUD customers and county residents can submit an application for a 2018 pass now online and at utility offices in Chelan, Leavenworth and Wenatchee. Parks staff will start processing the applications on Jan. 2 and mailing them out by the following week.
Collaboration with Washington State Parks and Recreation is vital to the program’s success, Baker said. Under the Public Power Benefit program, Chelan PUD pays State Parks $10 for each parking pass up to 1,700.
If someone has a State Parks Discover Pass, they won’t need the PUD pass. Those who do receive the PUD pass agree to take part in occasional surveys to let the PUD know how the program is working and what parks they are using.
Pass holders are reminded that the pass is good for day-use parking only and does not include overnight camping or boat ramp fees.
For more information or to apply online, visit chelanpud.org/ParkingPass or search for “Day Use Parking Pass.