Accomplishments

  1. Olallie bike trails

    Olallie adds miles of mountain bike trail 


    Washington State Parks is committed to better trails for a diversity of user groups. Last fall, Parks collaborated with several partners to add 9-plus miles of mountain bike trails to Olallie State Park. 



  2. Willapa Hills Trail

    State Parks adds 4 miles to Willapa Hills Trail


    Washington State Parks recently extended the Willapa Hills State Park Trail by 4 miles, with the help of a number of state and federal agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations.  




  3. Clean Vessel Program

    10 million gallons of sewage out of Washington waterways in 2016


    Nobody likes to think about sewage in their swimming lakes, fishing coves and shellfish beds. Untreated sewage poses health and environmental risks, and it’s just gross. In 2016, Washington’s Clean Vessel Program, managed by Washington State Parks, kept 10 million gallons of waste out of our waterways, and the work continues.


  4. Clean Vessel Program

    State Parks removes 15 fish barriers to improve salmon passage


    The salmon are happy at Potlach, Dosewallips and Flaming Geyser state parks. 
    Just over a year after Washington State Parks removed 15 culverts in eight state parks to improve salmon migration, hundreds of fish have returned for the first time in decades.


  5. Moran State Park lookout tower restored

    Historic lookout tower restored at Moran State Park


    Washington State Parks recently completed major restoration work on the Mount Constitution lookout tower. The upper deck and summit house were preserved using a blend of modern, historically similar and original materials. Parks’ 2015-17 capital budget funded the work

  6. Jackson House restored

    Preservation, pavers connect Washingtonians to heritage site 


    Washington’s second state park, the 1915 Jackson House State Park Heritage Site has seen tremendous improvements this past spring. State Parks restored the cabin, improved the parking lot and built an ADA-accessible pathway to the historic home. 
  7. Sequim Bay bridge restores salmon habitat

    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.  
  8. 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.

  9. 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.
  10. 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.