Beyond 2013 - A Transformation Strategy

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In 2003, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission adopted Centennial 2013, a vision for the future of Washington State Parks and a plan to carry it out. For the past decade, Washington State Parks has been working with the public and park supporters to upgrade and improve state parks all across Washington.

As Washington State Parks enters its second century of service in 2013, a new plan must be developed to meet public needs and desires, and to continue our legacy of stewardship for future generations.

A new strategic planning process is now under way, involving recreation, heritage, and conservation groups, park neighbors and supporters, legislators, and other governments. We are exploring choices and setting direction for the next five years and beyond. We especially want those who love state parks to be involved in the process. Information gained through the process will be used to develop the transformation strategy intended to succeed the Centennial 2013 Plan.

How to Get Involved
In the spring of 2012, Washington State Parks held 10 public meetings all around the state. The purpose of the meetings was to receive public input on the development of a State of State Parks Report for the Governor's Office of Financial Management and the agency Transformation Strategy to guide state parks into the future. The planning documents used at the meetings and the final State of State Parks Report can be found below.

In the winter of 2012-2013, those who participated in the spring public meetings were sent notice that the draft agency Transformation Strategy was available for review and comment. The draft was placed on this page and with adoption of a final Transformation Strategy, it replaced the draft and now also can be found below.

Next up is the State Parks Strategic Plan. It will take the August 2012 Report and Transformation Strategy, and add in specific priorities and timelines for strategic initiatives and organizational changes. Expect a draft of this document to be available for review and comment in August 2013. Adoption by the Parks and Recreation Commission will be presented for its consideration in October 2013.

Additional Information
If you would like additional information about the Strategic Plan or would like to be placed on an email list to receive notice of plan availability, please contact the planning committee by calling 360-902-8500 and asking for Strategic Planning, or by mail to:
Washington State Parks Planning Program
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504

Washington State Parks looks forward to hearing from you!