Statewide Acquisition & Development Strategy

In July 2016, the State Parks and Recreation Commission adopted a Statewide Park Acquisition and Development Strategy for the agency to guide its acquisition and development of new state parks, and its redevelopment of existing state parks. The overarching goal of the strategy is for Washington’s state parks to be recognized as the collection of places and experiences that are distinctly Washington. In other words, the places you would take someone to show them what Washington really is. To achieve this goal, the strategy says the state park system should include:

  • Places to be: Connecting people with Washington’s iconic landscapes
  • Stories to know: Engaging people in authentic Washington stories
  • Things to do: Providing Washington’s recreational mainstays
  • Ways to grow: Inviting novices to experience Washington’s outdoors
  • Something for everyone: Improving the quality of life for all Washingtonians

In November 2016, the Commission will consider approving a list of three properties under consideration to be our next new state park, and three existing state parks to be considered for major park redevelopment. Then in 2017, after additional public input, the Commission will select one new park for initial development and one existing park for redevelopment, and will request funding to begin work on them. 

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Looking toward Steamboat Rock and Columbia River

Questions? Please contact:

Nikki Fields, Parks Planner

PO Box 42650

Olympia, WA 98504-2650

Phone: 360-902-8658, Fax: 360-586-0207