2015-2017 Accomplishments

  1. New construction

    New bridge at Sequim Bay State Park connects Olympic Discovery Trail,
    restores salmon habitat 

    A new bridge opened in May to allow fish passage at Sequim Bay State Park. The span improves the Olympic Discovery Trail, a 120-mile, mixed-use, non-motorized recreation trail that runs from Port Townsend to the Pacific Ocean and traverses the park.  

  2. New construction

    New construction improves parks for visitors
    State Parks’ $67.5 million capital budget for 2015-17 includes construction of new facilities and upgrades of existing ones. State Parks’ engineers, architect and project managers are overseeing everything from construction of new buildings and bridges, to rebuilt roads and trails, water and sewer systems and more.

  3. No Child Left Inside

    Parks awards special grants to get kids outside
    Getting kids outdoors is the focus of Washington State Parks’ No Child Left Inside grant program, funded by the Legislature in 2015 to provide money for schools, community and environmental groups to use for outdoor education, recreation and leadership programs.
  4. Cross-state trails

    State Parks blazes ahead with cross-state trails
    In 2016, the Washington State Parks Commission adopted a special resolution reconfirming its commitment to the cross-state recreation trail system. State Parks currently operates five long-distance trails that pass through varied terrain, statewide. 
  5. Nisqually State Park dedication

    Parks and tribe open new trailhead for people, horses
    In January, 2016, Washington State Parks and the Nisqually Tribe gathered between raindrops to celebrate the completion of a brand new trailhead, parking lot, signs and restroom facility at Nisqually State Park, in Southwest Pierce County near Eatonville. 

  6. Clean, green and be seen

    State parks staff make parks "clean and green!"
    Park staff all over the state pulled together in 2016 to focus on an effort called, “Clean, green and be seen.” The initiative included some dollars to help staff give their parks a “mini-makeover” and customer service boost. 

  7. Economic benefits of state parks

    State parks bolster state and local economies
    Study after study shows that parks contribute to social, physical and psychological health and quality of life. In 2015, the State Parks Commission took steps to find out specifics about the economic benefits of state parks and hired Earth Economics to analyze the data. 

  8. Lake Sammamish park improvements

    Many hands work together to make Lake Samm shine!
    State Parks, along with friends and local community, have a vision and plans in place for Lake Sammamish State Park to be a signature site for celebrating and protecting urban natural areas. The latest development is a brand-new, 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art playground area at the park in Issaquah.

  9. State Park events

    Diverse and exciting events draw in new visitors to parks
    From the first day of the calendar year on through the year, state parks provide the setting for music, educational and cultural inspiration. Planning is under way for 2017 events. See a sampling of events visitors enjoyed in 2016.

  10. Cabins at State Parks

    State Parks sprout brand new cabins for overnighters!
    Since 2015, State Parks has added 34 new cabins to its inventory, giving visitors more overnight options. For years, State Parks has been adding cabins, yurts and other roofed accommodations to meet a variety of guests’ needs. Visitors also may stay in a variety of historic vacation houses at various parks.