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Posted on: August 14, 2019

What should State Parks focus on in the future?

Public invited to help agency with long-range strategic planning

OLYMPIA – Aug. 14, 2019 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning the process to develop the agency’s 2021-31 strategic plan and would like the public’s input.

State Parks is hosting three public meetings to hear from stakeholders about the draft strategic planning framework the Commission developed for 2021-31 and to discuss if the draft reflects the needs of park users across the state. Topics to be discussed include the current state of the park system and goals and strategies for achieving a healthy, sustainable park system.

The Commission values the public’s comments and encourages the public to help develop direction for the next 10 years. Information and feedback gathered will be used to finalize the strategic plan over the next several months. Stakeholders may provide feedback at the public meetings or online.

The schedule for the 2021-31 strategic plan development meetings is as follows:

Aug. 27, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Harman Center
101 N. 65th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98908
(Driving directions)

Aug. 28, 6:30 – 8 p.m. 
Spokane County Library
Valley Branch – Conference Room
12004 E. Main Ave.
Spokane, WA 99206
(509) 893-8400 (branch) or (509) 893-8270 (main)
(Driving directions)

Sept. 5, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Tacoma Metro Parks
STAR Center
3873 S. 66th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 404-3942
(Driving directions)

News media contacts:
Owen Rowe, Policy and Governmental Affairs Director, (360) 902-8504
Sandy Mealing, Communications Manager, (360) 902-8559


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.

 News release number: 19-063

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