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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 boating enthusiasts to be safe w...

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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 near Winthrop off Highway 20, ...

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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 International Concert Serie...

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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 Washington state parks and o...

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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 Moran State Park.

The meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, July 21 at the Eastsound Fire Hall Meeting Room, 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, 98245. The public will have the opportunity to comment during the meeting and by email.

Washington State Parks is looking at long-term management options at Moran State Park as Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) transitions away from the current utility corridor there. Parks has received a proposal from Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for formal development of a trail that will follow the alignment of the power line corridor. The developed trail would use an existing trail and the power line access road.

For more information about the proposal, contact Andrew Fielding, environmental planner, (509) 665-4312. Email comments may be addressed to: andrew.fielding@parks.wa.gov.

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.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

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 www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Media contact:
Andrew Fielding (509) 665-4312
Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service:(800) 833-6388

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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 safe and pack extra patience.

"For some boaters, the July 4th celebration is one of the few times they take their boat out this summer,” said Sgt. Ryan Boyle with the Bonney Lake Police Department. “With thousands of boaters on the waterways, patience will run thin, mistakes will happen and a fun-filled day can turn tragic when alcohol is involved.”

In Washington, a boater is considered “boating under the influence” (BUI) with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. A boater can be arrested for operating a boat under the influence. According to State Parks Boating Program, 20 percent of Washington boating fatalities involved alcohol or other intoxicants.

“We want everyone to have fun while celebrating this Independence Day with their families and friends,” Boyle added. “People just need to remember that being on the water all day can exacerbate alcohol's effects, so think about holding off until after you’ve safely made it home. It’s important that boaters don’t endanger boaters and others on the water.”

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission administers the state’s Boating Program, which provides leadership in boating safety and environmental education and outreach. The goal of the program is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of Washington waterways, and keep recreational boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime. The program works with law enforcement agencies across Washington to promote boating safety education and to monitor on-the-water activities.

For more information on the Boating Program and regulations, visit www.parks.wa.gov/boating

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.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

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 www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Media contacts:
Toni Droscher: (360) 902-8604
Lynn Satre: (360) 902-8837
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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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 the Celebrating Cultures concer...

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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 Foundation invite the public to at...

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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.

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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 partnership when the two entitie...

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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 Series at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island.

The series of free outdoor concerts will take place each Saturday in July, beginning July 5 and running through July 26, at Deception Pass State Park, 41020 State Route 20 in Oak Harbor. The first concert on July 5 starts at 5 p.m. with a special performance of Dixieland jazz to celebrate Independence Day Weekend, following by a second performance at 7 p.m. of rousing Irish music.

The remaining concerts all begin at 7 p.m. and feature folk and traditional music representing a variety of communities from around the Pacific Northwest. Admission is free to the performances. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park.

All performances are in the West Beach amphitheater on the Whidbey Island side of the park, unless it’s raining. In case of rain, performances will move to the East Cranberry Lake picnic shelter, also on the Whidbey Island side of the park.

Performances are scheduled as follows:

• July 5 at 5 p.m. The General’s 7 Dixie Band
As musical ambassadors, this Dixieland jazz band performs all over Washington state supporting numerous civilian and military ceremonies and community events. Come sing along and tap your feet, or if the mood strikes, get up and dance! The group includes eight soldier-musicians from across the state who exemplify the Army National Guard's model of a “patriot, soldier and neighbor.” The band is led by Sergeant First Class Michael Vandiver.

• July 5 at 7 p.m. Crumac
Traditional Irish tunes and songs. Founding members are Tom Creegan on the tin whistle and the intriguing Uilleann pipes—the Irish version of the bagpipes—and Irish fiddlemeister Dale Russ. Mike Saunders, a long-standing singer/guitar player in the Northwest, joins Creegan and Russ. Since 1989, together and in various combinations, they have played from coast to coast—including the largest Irish music festival in the country—and as far west as Alaska and as far east as Japan.

• July 12 at 7 p.m. Rebel Voices
Labor songs with wit and flair from duo Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher. For more than 20 years, the duo has created incredible harmony as members of The Belles of Hoboken, Shays' Rebellion, and since 1989, Rebel Voices. They took their name from the book by Joyce Kornbluh, Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology, a collection of writings, songs, poems and cartoons by members of the Industrial Workers of the World, or “Wobblies.” Wobblies have always been rabble rousers, unionists, artists and singers who attack the issues of their time with passion and humor. This same spirit moves Rebel Voices today as they sing out for social and economic justice.

• July 19 at 7 p.m. Hale Bill & the Bopps
Hale Bill & the Bopps offers a musical smörgåsbord of toe-tapping Scandinavian fiddle music from all the Nordic countries, including schottisches, waltzes, polskas, and much more. The band includes fiddle, keyboard and voice, plus the nyckelharpa (Swedish), and Hardanger fiddle (Norway), two instruments you may be seeing for the first time. The band’s musicians have been on the regional folk music scene since the ‘70s and ‘80s, performing primarily at folk dances and festivals in various configurations. They became constellated as Hale Bill & the Bopps in 1997 while Hale Bopp the comet was streaking across the sky.

• July 26 at 7 p.m. Quichua Mashis
The band members are Quichua Indians from the Andean mountains of northern Ecuador. Better known as the Inca Empire, the Quichua region of South America covers Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Their music has been passed down through the generations and reflects the struggle of the Quichua people, their connection to “Pacha Mama” (mother earth) and their spiritual journeys through history. Many of the instruments are handmade, using bamboo, sheep hooves, goat skins and armadillo shells. The group performs on zamponas (panpipe flutes), quenas (endblown flutes), the bombo (drum), chakchas (rattle), and charango, which resembles a small guitar with 10 strings. The traditional instruments are accompanied by the guitar, bandolin and violin.

The series is accessible to persons with disabilities. Those needing special accommodations may call (360) 675-3767 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

The American Roots music series is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures and presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. The program is a partnership of Washington State Parks, the Washington State Arts Commission and Northwest Heritage Resources with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation. For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit www.parks.wa.gov/calendar.aspx.

About Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The park is best known for views of Deception Pass and Bowman Bay, old-growth forests, abundant wildlife and the historic Deception Pass Bridge. For more information, visit: www.parks.wa.gov/497/Deception-Pass

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.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

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 www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Media contact:
Debbie Fant: 360-902-8635
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: 800-833-6388

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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 State Park near Coulee City at ...

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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 participate in a national special emphasis campaign to target people who are operating boats while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The Operation Dry Water campaign and emphasis patrols take place the weekend of June 27-29 throughout Washington and will focus on preventing injury and death in accidents resulting from boating under the influence (BUI). The planned weekend focus is aimed at raising awareness of the problem and getting impaired boat operators off the water by actively enforcing the law that prohibits using alcohol and drugs while operating a boat.

According to the Washington State Parks Boating Program, between 2004 and 2013, at least 64 people died in Washington state boating accidents where alcohol use was a contributing factor. Recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics report that boating under the influence is still the leading factor in fatal boating accidents, with 17 percent of boating fatalities a direct result of alcohol use by the operator.

“Boating under the influence is a serious problem that too often results in recreational boating fatalities,” said Hoyle Hodges, Washington State Parks’ spokesperson for Operation Dry Water. “We want everyone to have fun on the water, so this campaign is focused on zero tolerance for boat operators who are under the influence.”

Hodges said reducing the use of alcohol and drugs by boat operators is crucial to achieving a safer and more enjoyable environment for recreational boating.

“Boaters need to realize that alcohol can impair their judgment, balance, vision and reaction time,” Hodges said. “It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold water immersion. Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion—all common stressors in the boating environment—intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and even some prescription medications.”

All 56 states, trusts and territories of the U.S. are expected to join the Operation Dry Water effort. Boat operators may be cited if their blood alcohol concentration exceeds the state limit of .08. Currently, 30 Washington state, county and city marine law enforcement agencies are signed on for the effort. The first BUI special emphasis was launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

During the June 2013 campaign, 169 Washington marine law enforcement officers made contact with 3,908 recreational boaters and issued 1,364 boating safety warnings, 6 BUI citations and 219 citations for other violations.

Authorities say that enforcing laws for operating a boat while under the influence is just as important to public safety as the enforcement of drunk driving laws.

For more information on the national Operation Dry Water campaign, visit www.operationdrywater.org

State Parks Boating Program
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission administers the state’s Boating Program, which provides leadership in boating safety and environmental education and outreach. The goal of the program is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of Washington waterways, and keep recreational boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime.

For more information on the Boating Program, visit www.parks.wa.gov/boating

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. The association offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications.

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.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

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 www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Media contacts:
Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604
Lynn Satre (360) 902-8837
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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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 Park, kicks off on June 14 (National Get Outdoors Day) and runs through Sept. 30.

Walk in the Park will reward park visitors by honoring their Discover Pass in all 435 SUBWAY® restaurants located in 16 counties throughout Western Washington. Anyone who visits participating SUBWAY® restaurants and shows their Discover Pass between June 14 and Sept. 30 will receive a voucher for a free regular six-inch sandwich with the purchase of a regular six-inch sandwich of equal or greater value and a 30 oz. drink. SUBWAY® vouchers also are available at state parks in the participating counties when staff are available. SUBWAY® restaurants also will distribute the Washington State Parks brochure, Adventure Awaits, at all locations throughout the region.

“Encouraging families to lead healthier, active lifestyles is very important to us,” said Paul Armour, SUBWAY® Advertising Board Chairman. “Getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors together is a great way to do that, and that’s why we decided to launch the Walk in the Park program.”

National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. One of the prime goals of the day is to reach first-time visitors to public lands and reconnect youth to the great outdoors.

SUBWAY® restaurants in the following counties are participating in the Walk in the Park program: King, Snohomish, Chelan, Clallam, Douglas, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom.

“We are excited to be working with SUBWAY® restaurants once again to promote the Washington State Discover Pass and the healthy recreation people can enjoy in state parks and recreation lands,” said Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. “This partnership also highlights the purpose of National Get Outdoors Day by raising awareness about our beautiful natural places.”

About SUBWAY® restaurants
Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, and with regional offices in Amsterdam, Beirut, Brisbane, Miami and Singapore, the SUBWAY® brand was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. Their partnership, which continues today, marked the beginning of a remarkable journey—one that has made it possible for thousands of individuals to build and succeed in their own business. In 2012, SUBWAY® Restaurants became the first restaurant to meet the American Heart Association's Heart-Check Meal Certification Program nutritional criteria. For more information about the SUBWAY® chain, visit SUBWAY.com. Find SUBWAY® on Facebook at www.facebook.com/subway and on Twitter at @SUBWAY. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor's Associates Inc.

About Washington State ParksThe 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.

Follow Washington State Parks:
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• Twitter: @WAStatePks • You Tube:www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks
• Foursquare: www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

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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 9 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at Sun Mounta...

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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 party at the Little Spokane R...

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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.

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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 be reimbursed.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces that, effective Monday, April 28, Wanapum State Park will be closed until further notice, due to beach and water access closures at Wanapum Dam.

Customer service representatives from the State Parks reservation call center are telephoning customers with reservations at Wanapum State Park for dates through July 7 to notify them that their camping reservations have been cancelled and to process refunds. Customers can reach the call center by calling 1-888-226-7688.

Earlier this month, a fracture was discovered in Wanapum Dam. Grant County Public Utility District (PUD) lowered the water level in the reservoir above the dam to relieve pressure on the structure. The PUD also closed all beaches and access to the Columbia River above the dam to protect sensitive cultural resources and to help ensure public safety.

Wanapum State Park is located above the dam and within the water access closure area. Because the beach and water access are integral to the park, all access, including walk-in access, is closed. It is unknown how long reservoir levels will remain low or when the park could reopen. Gingko Petrified Forest Interpretive Center, a nearby day-use facility in the Wanapum area, remains open.

Campers with reservations at Wanapum State Park for dates beyond July 7 may keep their reservations in place if they wish, in case the park reopens, or they may cancel at any time this summer for a full refund.

Walk-in access to Wanapum State Park will be prohibited as part of the closure. Gingko Petrified Forest Interpretive Center and interpretive trails will remain open, however, water access on the center’s interpretive trails will be prohibited.

For more information and updates about Wanapum Dam, visit http://www.grantpud.org/your-pud/media-room/wanapum-dam-spillway-response. For updates on the closure at Wanapum State Park, visit www.parks.wa.gov/

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WaStatePks_NEWS, www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the new State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. For more information about parks and services, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...