Accomplishments

  1. efforts boost revenue earnings

    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

  2. efforts boost revenue earnings

    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. 
  3. 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.  

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 

  8. 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. 


  9. 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. 

  10. 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.