2015-2017 Accomplishments

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 


  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Commission land acquisition strategy

    Parks' land and development strategy guides agency management
    In 2016, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission adopted the Statewide Park Acquisition and Development Strategy. This landmark strategy will ensure that State Parks bases land acquisition and development decisions on clearly described goals and strategies to meet public needs and expectations for the park system.

  10. efforts boost revenue earnings

    State Parks chugs its way to better health, stability
    Like the little engine that could, Washington State Parks is chugging its way back to health, in part through public tax support—but also through its own efforts to deliver parks and services and raise money for operations.