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Posted on: July 27, 2017

17-050 State Parks launches campaign with pro football’s Luke Willson


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Sandy Mealing, (360) 902-8559

OLYMPIA – July 27, 2017 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with professional football player Luke Willson to promote the diverse landscapes and activities of Washington’s beautiful state parks.

Each week, State Parks will post a question about a state park on the Washington State Parks Facebook page and Twitter feed. People will be invited to submit the correct answer by text message for a chance to win autographed items from Willson. Each week, one winner will be selected from the winning responses.  Participants are encouraged to find answers to the questions on the State Parks website.

Luke Willson (#82 tight end), a well-known Seattle football player, is an outdoor enthusiast well-suited to be a spokesperson for the state parks awareness campaign. Ever since moving to Washington, Willson says he has developed a deep passion for the state’s natural beauty, through activities such as hiking, fishing, boating and swimming.

“I’m excited about the outdoor options available here in Washington’s state parks and other natural areas, and I want to share that excitement and encourage others get out and enjoy the outdoors,” Willson said.

The six-week campaign kicks off July 31. Drawings will be held Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Sept. 4 and 11.

More information about State Parks contest rules is here: 

Follow State Parks on Facebook and Twitter today to receive notice of the new questions each week.

NOTE ABOUT TEXTING: Texts must NOT have spaces between words, should be all lower case and automatic signatures should be turned off.


About Washington State Parks

The 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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Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W.
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650

Washington Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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