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By Kelly Shipp
For the Sentinel 

New parks manager wants fresh approach


Kelly Shipp, for The Sentinel

TAKING A FRESH LOOK: Lem Pratt, new manager for Goldendale area state parks, looks through the telescope at the Goldendale Observatory as Interpretive Specialist Steve Stout looks on.

Lem Pratt, the new manager for the Goldendale area state parks, proposes revitalization and more community involvement for the Goldendale Observatory and other nearby state parks.

“We want to get the park back into the community and the community back in the park,” says Pratt.

Pratt, who started at his new post on Dec. 1, is now managing the Maryhill State Park, Columbia Hills State Park, the Klickitat Trail Park, Brook’s Memorial, Doug’s Beach, Spring Creek Fish Hatchery, the Goldendale Observatory, and the old ski resort on Satus Pass.

“We want to reinstitute the relationship between Goldendale and the Observatory. We are going to give it a face lift,” he says.

Pratt plans t...

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