Spouses soon can share volunteer hours for complimentary Discover Pass


A thank you to back-country volunteers for their dedication to Washington State Parks


OLYMPIA…Married volunteers are a step closer to being able to combine service hours toward earning a free Discovery Pass now that the governor has signed Senate Bill 5200, sponsored by Sen. Randi Becker,


The Discover Pass, which is required for visitors to enjoy Washington’s state-run recreation sites, costs $30 annually. In an effort to thank the back-country community for their service, Becker, R-Eatonville, proposed SB 5200 so that married couples can more easily meet the 24-hour volunteer-service requirement to earn a free pass.


Volunteers spend countless hours performing maintenance that keeps our mountain trails open to the public. This includes clearing fallen trees, building bridges, repairing other structures and cleaning up after storms. The Back Country Horsemen donated more than 86,000 volunteer hours alone, and other recreational groups contribute significantly as well.


“Volunteering on the trails is a passion for those who do it and we owe them a debt for the work that they do,” said Becker. “Letting married couples combine their hours and awarding them a Discovery Pass for all their hard work is a small thank you for the dedication they have to the beauty of our state parks.”


The new law will take effect 90 days after the end of the regular session, which was Sunday.