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Posted on: September 11, 2014

14-061 State Parks Commission regular meeting - Sept. 18, 2014

OLYMPIA - Sept. 11, 2014 - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces its regular meeting next week in Ilwaco.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, 115 Lake St. S.E., Ilwac...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2014

14-060 Washington State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Sept. 27

OLYMPIA – Sept. 10, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Saturday, September 27 is a state parks ‘free day.’ Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The ‘free day’ is in ...Read on...

Posted on: September 4, 2014

14-059 Riverside State Park hosts open house for new equestrian arena, Sept. 27

Event features shows, demonstrations and horse-related workshops and activities

OLYMPIA – September 4, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation, along with several e...Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2014

14-058 Volunteers needed for International Coastal Cleanup Sept. 20

Annual event draws thousands of people to beaches all around the world

OLYMPIA – September 3, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and partners from Washington CoastSavers invite and encourage the pub...Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2014

14-057 Olmstead Place State Park hosts 32nd Annual Threshing Bee and Antique Equipment Show

Event features pioneering and antique farming equipment and activities

OLYMPIA – Aug. 29, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club invite the public to the 32nd Annual Thresh...Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2014

14-056 State Parks to host public meeting regarding future of Saint Edward seminary building

OLYMPIA – August 28, 2014 –The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will be presenting management options for the Saint Edward State Park Seminary building at a public meeting in early September.

The meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesda...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2014

14-055 State Parks seeks public input on two proposals for Mount Spokane

Comments due Sept. 15

OLYMPIA – August 21, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to comment on two proposals for Mount Spokane State Park, one of which includes the expansion of the ski area. ...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2014

14-054 State Parks releases next generation of mobile app, new Walk in the Park GeoChallenge

OLYMPIA – Aug. 21, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission today announced the release of the next generation of the Pocket Ranger® mobile app and the kick-off of the ‘Walk in the Park’ G...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2014

14-053 Campfire burn ban lifted for western Washington state parks

Individual parks may still have fire restrictions, depending on conditions

OLYMPIA – August 15, 2014 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced today that the ban on campfires in western Washington state pa...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2014

14-051 Washington State Parks announces 'free day' for Aug. 25

Special day honors birthday of National Park Service

OLYMPIA – August 11, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25 is a state parks ‘free day.’ Day-use visitor...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2014

14-052 Campfires prohibited in all state parks

Open fires and use of briquettes prohibited until further notice
to help prevent human-caused wildfires during hot, dry season

OLYMPIA – August 12, 2014 – Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state p...Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

14-050 Cambodian Cultural Celebration returns to Saltwater State Park for seventh year

OLYMPIA – August 6, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the seventh annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration at Saltwater State Park in King County.

The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2014

14-049 State Parks stresses boating safety through education

Reminder: Boater education card required for 12- to 59-year olds

OLYMPIA – July 31, 2014 – With rising temperatures and more than one month of summer remaining, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission urges boat...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2014

14-048 Pearrygin Lake State Park reopens today, July 31

Power restored following wildfire-related outage

OLYMPIA – July 31, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reopened Pearrygin Lake State Park today, July 31, for camping and day use. The park, located ne...Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2014

14-047 Peace Arch State Park hosts International Concert Series

Folk and traditional arts music and dance throughout August

OLYMPIA – July 17, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the Peace Arch...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

14-046 State Parks Commission has regular meeting in Bellingham next week

OLYMPIA – July 16, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will have its regular meeting next week in Bellingham.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 24, in the City Council Chambers at Bellingham City Hall, 2...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

14-045 Visiting Washington state recreation lands requires a Discover Pass

User fees help keep lands open to the public to enjoy

OLYMPIA – July 14, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission would like to remind Oregon residents they will need to have a Discover Pass when visiting ...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2014

14-044 WA State Parks invites the public to comment on a trail plan proposal for Moran State Park

Public meeting is July 21 in Eastsound

OLYMPIA – July 3, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is holding a public meeting on Orcas Island to discuss a proposal to develop a mountain bike trail in Mora...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

14-043 State Parks Boating Program urges boaters to be extra safe this Fourth of July weekend

OLYMPIA – July 2, 2014 – Thousands of boaters will hit the water this July 4th holiday to enjoy the weather and to get the best views of waterfront fireworks shows. Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Boating Program urges boaters to stay s...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

14-042 Celebrate Southeast Asian Culture at Saltwater State Park, July 19

OLYMPIA – July 2, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration at Saltwater State Park in King County.

The free event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Saltwate...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2014

14-041 Washington State Parks presents free 'Celebrating Cultures' event, July 13

An evening of South American music and dance at Pearrygin Lake State Park

OLYMPIA – July 1, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to th...Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2014

Celebrate State Parks ShellFest 2014 at Birch Bay State Park

Seafood lunch, exhibits, activities and opportunities to learn about
protecting and restoring shellfish

OLYMPIA – June 26, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Parks Founda...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

14-039 State Parks and partners to host 'Safety on the Water' event at Mayfield Lake, June 28

OLYMPIA – June 20, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Tacoma Power, Lewis County’s Sheriff’s Department and other partners are co-hosting a “Safety on the Water” event at Mayfield Lake Park near Mossyrock.

The family event run...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

14-038 Swinomish Tribe, State Parks celebrate opening of Kukutali Preserve near Deception Pass

Park now open to the public for day use, seven days a week

OLYMPIA – June 20, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community earlier this week celebrated a landmark part...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

American Roots Music Series returns to Deception Pass State Park for 8th Season

Special July 5 Concert to Celebrate Independence Day Weekend

OLYMPIA – June 19, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the Eighth Annual American Roots Music Se...Read on...

Posted on: June 18, 2014

14-036 Celebrate ‘Flood Fest’ at Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park, June 28

Event includes grand opening of new exhibit on ice age floods

OLYMPIA – June 18, 2014 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the unique geologic heritage of Sun Lakes/Dry Falls Sta...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

14-035 Statewide law enforcement agencies to conduct on-the-water emphasis patrols

'Operation Dry Water' takes place June 27-29

OLYMPIA – June 16, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced today that marine law enforcement agencies in Washington state will partici...Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2014

14-034 State Parks and SUBWAY® restaurants launch Walk in the Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is partnering with SUBWAY® restaurants for the second year in a row to promote Washington's great outdoors. This year, the State Parks and SUBWAY® restaurants partnership, Walk in the P...Read on...

Posted on: June 4, 2014

14-033 Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day Adventure Awaits Expo on State Capitol Campus

OLYMPIA – June 4, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation invite the public to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with an outdoor expo June 14 on the Washington State Capitol Campus. The event...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2014

14-032 State, tribe announce partnership at Nisqually State Park

OLYMPIA – June 3, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Nisqually Indian Tribe today signed a new partnership agreement for the collaborative development of Nisqually State Park.

The 1,300-acre park lies 7 miles west of E...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2014

14-031 Public invited to weigh in on state marine parks use and fees

NOTE: Online survey deadline is June 15

OLYMPIA – June 3, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is asking the boating public to help the agency better understand how boaters use state marine parks and provide their views on possib...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

14-030 Gov. Inslee recognizes WA State Parks Ranger Jason Snow with 'Extra Mile' Award

OLYMPIA – May 29, 2014 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is pleased to announce that Jason Snow, a ranger at Peace Arch State Park in Blaine, was awarded the Governor’s Extra Mile award during Public Service Recognition Week earlier this ...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

14-029 Washington State Parks announces 'free days' for June

OLYMPIA – May 29, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission would like to remind the public that three dates in June are state parks ‘free days.’ The following days are free for day-use visits to state parks; visitors are not required to...Read on...

Posted on: May 28, 2014

14-028 Celebrate the 116th Anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment

OLYMPIA – May 28, 2013 -- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse invite the public to attend the 116th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco.

The cel...Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

14-026 State Parks Commission regular meeting in Winthrop next week

Updated: 10:20 a.m., May 28, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet in Winthrop, in North Central Washington, for its regular meeting next week.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at ...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2014

14-025 Volunteers needed to help re-route the Knothead Trail, June 1

State Parks and Spokane REI store sponsoring work party

OLYMPIA – May 20, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and REI invite the public to celebrate National Trails Day early with a volunteer work p...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2014

14-024 Celebrate Salish Sea Native American Culture at Deception Pass State Park

OLYMPIA – May 20, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to attend the Ninth Annual Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration with the Samish and Swinomish tribes. The event takes place at Deception Pass State ...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

14-023 Anderson Lake closed to water activities due to toxic algae bloom

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is alerting the public that fishing, swimming and other in-the-water activities are closed at Anderson Lake State Park in Jefferson County. The public is also advised to keep pets out of the lake.

T...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2014

14-022 Celebrate State Parks ShellFest 2014 at Belfair State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation invite the public to attend our ShellFest 2014 at Belfair State Park in Mason County.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Belfair State...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2014

14-021 Riverside State Park celebrates opening of new beginner riding area in ORV park

Riverside State Park invites the public to an opening ceremony for a new beginner-level riding area at the Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Park located within Riverside State Park near Spokane.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m., Sunday, May 11, at the ORV Par...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2014

14-020 State Parks announces public meeting on new Dosewallips State Park sewage treatment facility

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces a public meeting to discuss a sewage treatment facility project at Dosewallips State Park on Hood Canal.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Brinnon Community Cente...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2014

14-019 Wanapum State Park closed as result of fracture at Wanapum Dam

UPDATED May 29, 2014: Washington State Parks is cancelling all reservations to Wanapum Dam State Park through the end of the reservation season — Sept. 15. People who have reservations will ...Read on...

Posted on: April 22, 2014

14-018 State Parks announces dedication of new fishing pier at Steamboat Rock State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the dedication of a new ADA-accessible fishing pier at Steamboat Rock State Park near Electric City.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, at the boat launc...Read on...

Posted on: April 21, 2014

14-017 State Parks announces dedication of Rock Trail at Larrabee State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a dedication and opening ceremony for Rock Trail at Larrabee State Park in Bellingham.

The opening event for Rock Trail is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Cyrus Gat...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2014

14-016 Public invited to help with updated master plan for Kopachuck State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a second workshop to develop an updated master plan for Kopachuck State Park near Gig Harbor.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Commons at Kopachu...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2014

14-015 State Parks and Recreation Commission continues public planning at Larrabee State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the second phase of a public planning process to develop a management plan for Larrabee State Park near Bellingham.

The public is invited to participate in the next stage of planning with ...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2014

14-014 Draft horses and mules demonstrate old-style farming techniques at Olmstead Place State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, together with the Washington State Draft Horse and Mule Association, invite the public to a unique interpretive history event at Olmstead Place State Park.

The weekend of demonstrations and fun is ...Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2014

14-013 State Parks Commission regular meeting scheduled in Chehalis next week

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet in Chehalis for its regular meeting next week.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Veterans Memorial Museum, 100 S.W. Veterans Way, Chehalis. A full Commi...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2014

14-012: Washington State Parks announces another ‘free day’

Media Contact:
Virginia Painter (360) 902-8562 Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

OLYMPIA – March 17, 2014 -- Washington State Parks turns 101 years old on Wednesday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by ge...Read on...

Posted on: March 10, 2014

14-011: State Parks announces public meeting to discuss future of Bridgeport State Park

Media contact:
Virginia Painter: (360) 902-8562Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

State Parks announces public meeting to discuss future of Bridgeport State Park

OLYMPIA – March 10, 2014 – Washington State Parks announces a pu...Read on...

Posted on: March 3, 2014

14-010: Environmental author William Dietrich presents an hour-long forest talk, Feb. 22

Medi contact:
Virginia Painter: (360) 902-8562Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

OLYMPIA - Feb. 18, 2013 - Environmental author William (Bill) Dietrich will present an hour-long forest talk, followed by a ranger-guided tour of pa...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2014

14-009: Ken Bounds named to serve on Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Media contact
Virginia Painter: (360) 902-8562Ken Bounds: (206) 938-5076
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

OLYMPIA – Feb. 12, 2014 – Ken Bounds of Seattle has been appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the Washington Sta...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

14-008: State Parks launches new interactive website

Media Contact:
Sandy Mealing: (360) 902-8559Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

State Parks launches new interactive website - New site enhances public service and information

OLYMPIA – Feb. 11, 2014 – The Washington State Park...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2014

14-007: State Parks invites public to attend planning meeting - Feb. 11

Media contact:
Virginia Painter: (360) 902-8562 Brian Yearout: (360) 725-9763
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

State Parks invites public to attend planning meeting for Kopachuck State Park

OLYMPIA – Jan. 30, 2014 – The Wa...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2014

14-006: Climber John Roskelley keynote speaker

Media contact:
Cherie Gwinn, Riverside, (509) 465-5064Caren Hubbard, Riverside State Park Foundation, (509) 4645-5064
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

Climber John Roskelley keynote speaker at Riverside State Park Foundation ...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2014

14-005: Douglas Peters of Selah appointed to serve on State Parks Commission

Media contact:
Virginia Painter (360) 902-8562 Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

Douglas Peters of Selah appointed to serve on Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

OLYMPIA – Jan. 24, 2014 – Douglas D. Peters of S...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2014

14-004: State Parks Commission regular meeting scheduled for Olympia next week

Media contact:
Virginia Painter (360) 902-8562 Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

State Parks Commission regular meeting scheduled for Olympia next week

OLYMPIA – Jan. 15, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Comm...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2014

14-003: State Parks offers ‘free days’ to park visitors in 2014

State Parks offers ‘free days’ to park visitors in 2014
No Discover Pass needed to visit parks on designated days

OLYMPIA – Jan. 15, 2014 – Washington State Parks announces Sunday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 20 are the first of 12 “free days” in 2014 wh...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

14-002:State Parks public information meeting will focus on future of Saint Edward Seminary Building

Media contact:
Michael Hankinson, (360) 902-8671Virginia Painter, (360) 902-8562
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

OLYMPIA – Jan. 9, 2014 – State Parks plans to move forward with a public meeting next week to discuss the future...Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2014

14-001: Young bald eagles to be released at Rasar State Park following rescue and rehabilitation

OLYMPIA – Jan. 2, 2014 – Staff from the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center plan to release two young bald eagles back to the wild on Friday at Rasar State Park, following the birds’ rescue and rehabilitation.

The birds will be released at 1:30...Read on...