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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Maintaining Washington's State Parks

Maurya Broadsword, interpretive specialist at Olmstead Place State Park, walks a bedroom inside Clareta and Leta May Olmstead's home. Water damage stains the walls and moths are destroying the historical clothing they have left behind. The home and cabin were dirty and unkempt when Broadsword arrived a year ago, but she has been cleaning them up slowly, enlisting the help of friends and family members to get the rooms presentable. Without staff or budget from the state, many parks employees rely on grants, extra unpaid work hours, or volunteers to do necessary maintenance of their facilities. "We all have a vested interest in this stuff, it belongs to all of us. That's what I tell kids when they come here. It's like, this is yours," she said.

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