Event kicks of Northwest Paddling Festival
OLYMPIA – April 22, 2016– The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Boating Safety Program and Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA) invite paddlers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts to an evening of presentations and discussions about the future of paddlesports in Washington state. The “Washington Paddlesports: A Path to the Future” event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the REI flagship store, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle. (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ipoCi3imBps) “Paddlesports are growing in popularity, bringing many positive benefits leading to economic growth, environmental stewardship and healthy communities,” said Rob Sendak, WWTA Executive Director. “In addition to these benefits, more people using our waterways brings some challenges such as the potential for increased accidents and injuries, keeping invasive species out of our waters, providing safe and legal public access points of entry, and addressing conflicts among different boating activities.”
The paddlesports event will be packed with information and inspiration. Paddlers will have the opportunity to share their vision for the future of kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddling and rafting in Washington. The schedule is as follows:
To attend this event, please register on REI’s event website at https://www.rei.com/events/washington-paddlesports-a-path-to-the-future/seattle/143349.
The “Washington Paddlesports: A Path to the Future” event kicks off the Northwest Paddling Festival, which takes place May 6 through 7 at Lake Sammamish State Park.
About Washington Water Trails AssociationWashington Water Trails Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose members love to be on and near the water. WWTA’s focus is two-fold: to advocate for the right of public access to and from waterways and to steward the same waterways and adjoining shore lands. The association partners with federal, state, county and city agencies, non-profit organizations, private businesses and citizens while engaging volunteers in stewardship to make shoreline access a reality for everyone. For more information about WWTA, visit: https://wwta.org/ or call (206) 545-9161.About the Washington State Paddlesports Advisory CommitteeIn January, the State Parks’ Boating Program convened the Paddlesports Advisory Committee to promote paddlesports, find ways to better serve this growing recreational user group and to grow a culture of safety. The Paddlesports Advisory Committee consists of 15 paddlesport stakeholders from around the state and five non-voting government representatives. For more information about this committee, including a list of meeting and members, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/1015/Paddlesport-Advisory-Committee. ______________________________________________________________________________ About Washington State ParksThe Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
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