WSECU Triples State Park Access for Communities In Need

With more than 100 state parks, Washington has one of the most extensive state park ecosystems in the country. Unfortunately, many Washingtonians may never get to experience the wonder of these parks due to financial barriers.

In the spirit of the Credit Union Movement’s “People Helping People” mission, Washington State Employees Credit Union, based in Olympia, has partnered with the Washington State Parks Foundation to increase accessibility to state parks by allowing local library cardholders to check out adventure packs through the Check Out Washington program.

“Ever since I first heard about the program, I knew it was something we wanted to be a part of,” said Ann Flannigan, WSECU’s Vice President of Public Relations. “… there is no better symbol of our state than the incredible state parks system. But we want everyone to be able to enjoy them without financial barriers, and now more residents will be able to.”

The Washington State Legislature annually awards the Check Out Washington program $35,000 to distribute across 109 libraries near diverse communities that experience the greatest environmental health disparities in the state. Even with this aid, its rapidly rising popularity has left a long waitlist.

WSECU’s sponsorship of 400 additional Discover Passes and the creation of special adventure packs, including special Discover Passes, is making a difference. It has tripled the capacity of the Check Out Washington program, enabling even more individuals and families to explore Washington’s beautiful state parks.

“It’s been our goal since the program started in 2019 to continue expanding offerings throughout the state,” said Diana Dupuis, Washington State Parks director. “We thank WSECU and the Foundation for their generous support with this effort and look forward to seeing more Check Out Washington visitors in our parks.”

For credit unions, a top priority is the well-being of their members, whether that means providing financial wellness, a sense of community, and, sometimes, a chance to have fun and get some fresh air while exploring the local landscape.

Library users can reserve an adventure pack and pass for one week at a time with their library card. A list of 10 library systems participating in the expansion is available on the Check Out Washington website.

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