Sno-Park program began in 1975 to provide plowed parking for winter snow play. Where parking was used originally by a small number of vehicles quickly became many and a solution was needed as agencies could no longer plow extra areas. Members of the Mountaineers went to the legislature and asked for a solution where the users funded snow removal. No tax dollars involved.
The program was installed in the State Parks umbrella, providing program management. Permit sales fund snow removal, sanitation, and grooming.
See buttons at right for excellent article written by Ken Guza in 2005 for the Seattle Mountaineers.