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  1. What should State Parks focus on in the future?

    Washington State Parks is in the early stages of developing its 2021-31 strategic plan and wants to hear from the public about what's important to them to improve and ensure recreation opportunities for the future. Join us at one of three meetings. Read on...
  2. State Parks Boating Program urges stand up paddleboarders to wear life jacket, leash

    The Boating Program is urging stand up paddleboarders to be safe on the water by always wearing a life jacket and leash. Six stand up paddleboard fatalities have occurred in the last 29 years — four of those have been in the last 30 days. Read on...
  3. Winter Recreation Program seeks new members for advisory committees

    The Winter Recreation Program is looking for winter sports enthusiasts to serve on the Winter Recreation Advisory Committee (WRAC) or the Snowmobile Advisory Committee (SMAC). Read on...
  4. Next State Parks ‘free day’ is Aug. 25

    In recognition of the National Park System’s 103rd birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle. Read on...
  5. State Parks announces 2018 volunteer awards

    Washington State Parks today announced the recipients of its 2018 Volunteer Awards. Washington State Parks and Recreation commissioners or staff will present volunteers with their awards in the coming weeks. Read on...
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