Press Release

July 05, 2023

State Parks Commission to meet in Ocean Shores

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its regular hybrid commission meeting on Thurs., July 13, 2023, at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. The public is welcome to attend in-person or online.

Agenda items include:

  • Requested approval of policy options and delegation of authority to finalize and submit agency-requested legislation proposals to the Governor's Office for consideration.
  • Requested approval of the 2024 supplemental operating budget request.
  • Requested approval of the 2024 supplemental capital budget request.
  • Revision of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 352-32-253 Foster Parent Program.
  • Sale of excess timber from the forest land conversion at Nisqually State Park.
  • An Interagency Agreement with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for future long-term maintenance at Nisqually State Park.
  • Requested approval the dates and locations for the 2024 work session and commission meetings.

A work session is scheduled the day before the regular meeting, on Wed., July 12. Work sessions are open to the public, however, there will be no opportunity for the public to comment and no formal action will be taken. Full work session and commission meeting agendas and presentations are available online.

On Tues., July 11, the commission will also tour the Schafer, Pacific Beach and Ocean City state parks and the Chance A La Mer Ocean Beach Approach. There may be additional stops at the Ghost Forest, Copalis Airport and North Jetty parking area, time permitting. The tour begins at Schafer State Park at 11:45 a.m. The public is welcome to attend the tours but must provide their own transportation.

Public comment

In-person oral public comment will be accepted at the regular meeting. If you wish to comment at a meeting, please fill out a comment card and provide it to staff at the sign in table. The Chair will call you up to the front at the appropriate time.

Written public comment may be submitted by mail or email. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on July 7. Please email written comments to, or mail them to:


Attn: Becki Ellison

PO Box 42650

Olympia, WA 98504

Virtual public comment will also be accepted at the meeting and pre-registration is required. Instructions on providing virtual and other forms of public comment at the commission meeting is available here.


Bi-monthly commission meeting


Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission


Work session

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wed., July 12

Regular meeting

9 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Thurs., July 13


Ocean Shores Convention Center

120 W Chance A La Mer NW

Ocean Shores, WA 98569

Watch the work session on TVW:

Watch the regular meeting in TVW:


The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission holds four regular meetings in pre-determined locations around the state, four virtual meetings and one planning meeting a year. Time for public comment is provided at all regular meetings and may be virtual, written or in person, depending on the meeting. Time for public comment is provided at all regular meetings and may be virtual, written or in person depending on the meeting. A full agenda, including information about available opportunities for public comment, is available on the Parks website.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is made up of seven citizen volunteers appointed by the governor to staggered six-year terms. The commission is charged with providing policy direction for the agency.

News media contact:

Sarah Fronk, Communications Manager,


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Park 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.