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Posted on: September 2, 2015

15-063 Olmstead Place, Kittitas club host the 33rd annual Threshing Bee

Event features pioneering and antique farming equipment and activities

OLYMPIA – Sept. 2, 2015 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club invite the public to the 33rd annual Threshing Bee at Olmstead Place H...

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

15-062 State Parks Commission to meet in Spokane Valley next week

OLYMPIA – Sept. 1, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will have its regular meeting next week in Spokane Valley.

 The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at CenterPlace Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Vall...

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

15-061 State Parks, History Museum present ‘A New Deal for Washington’s State Parks’

Presentation coincides with Asahel Curtis lantern slide exhibit

OLYMPIA – Sept. 1, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) invite the public to a special presentation on the legacy of...

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

15-060 Boat ramp at Fort Worden Historical State Park closed until further notice

Closure affects motorized vehicle access only

OLYMPIA – Aug. 31, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission today announced that the boat ramp at Fort Worden State Park is closed until further notice to motorized vehicle launching.
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Posted on: August 26, 2015

15-059 State Parks invites public on tour of South Whidbey Island State Park

Forest health issues to be discussed

OLYMPIA – Aug. 26, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two public walking tours to learn about the issues that led to the campground closure earlier this spring at South Whidbey S...

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Posted on: August 20, 2015

15-058 State Parks cancels cultural celebration at Pearrygin Lake State Park

OLYMPIA – Aug. 20, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission today announced the cancellation of this year’s Celebrating Cultures event at Pearrygin Lake State Park, due the effects from wildfires in the area.

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Posted on: August 20, 2015

15-057 State Parks seeks applicants for snowmobile and non-motorized winter recreation committees

OLYMPIA – August 20, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is looking for winter sports enthusiasts to serve on one of two winter recreation committees—for non-motorized and for motorized winter recreation. Applications for both comm...

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Posted on: August 13, 2015

15-056 Public invited to learn about a new proposal for Saint Edward Seminary

OLYMPIA – Aug. 13, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to learn more about a new proposal for rehabilitating the Saint Edward Seminary in Kenmore.

Recently, Daniels Real Estate, a local development firm speciali...

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Posted on: August 12, 2015

15-055 ‘Celebrating Cultures’ Returns to Pearrygin Lake State Park

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WILDFIRES.

Afternoon event features taiko, old-time and West African traditions


OLYMPIA – Aug. 12, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the Celebrating Cultures event at Pearrygin Lake, near Winthrop.  

The free outdoor afternoon event runs from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, August 29, on the east shore of Pearrygin Lake, 561 Bear Creek Road, Winthrop. (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/AW6Wf)

Celebrating Cultures will highlight music and dance traditions that represent three different groups in Washington: taiko drumming from the Japanese American community; country music and dance from the Old-Time community; and music, dance and storytelling from the West African community. Visitors enter the event through the east campground of Pearrygin Lake State Park. Admission is free to the performance. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park.

The performances are scheduled as follows:

2 to 3 p.m. Inochi Taiko
– Japanese-American drumming
Inochi Taiko was formed in the fall of 2003. The word Inochi, meaning “life force,” had a personal meaning to the founding members of the group since taiko had been an integral part of each one of their lives. From an early age, taiko was the life force or spirit that helped them develop leadership skills, artistic expression and other personal aspects of their lives.

Taiko (literally translated as “drum” in Japanese) is a style of Japanese ensemble drumming that was born in the 1950s but is based upon hundreds of years of community festivals, kabuki theatre and other traditional Japanese arts. Inochi Taiko is led by Garrett and Tyrone Nakawatase, who both have more than 27 years of experience playing and performing taiko.  But all of the members push each other creatively to form a uniquely distinct sound. Learn more about Inochi Taiko at: www.facebook.com/inochitaiko.

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.  Squirrel Butter – Old-Time Variety Music
Fresh from a recent guest spot on National Public Radio’s “Prairie Home Companion,” the duo Squirrel Butter performs traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band and blues artists from the late 1800s through the 1950s.  Charlie Beck is a virtuoso on the banjo, fiddle and steel guitar. Charmaine Slaven plays fiddle, guitar and feet. Slaven performs old-time clogging steps as she plays. Both sing and combine their voices in smooth, compelling harmonies. www.squirrelbutter.com 

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Gansango Music & Dance Company – Traditions from West Africa
Gansango Music & Dance draws on the talent of a multicultural group of international dancers and musicians presenting traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa. The company is directed by Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin and now a teacher and choreographer based in Seattle. Performances often feature traditional dance from Benin, including Vodoun ritualistic dances, regional social ceremony dances, such as the Chenkoumé dance from Savalou, and royal historical dances such as the Zehli dance from the late 1800s. Live music on the kora (21-string harp), djembe (drum), djun-djun (drum) and percussion accompany modern dance arrangements based on traditional movement and rhythms, while costumes from West Africa provide color and cultural context for Gansango’s dance shows. www.gansango.com

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program
The Celebrating Cultures afternoon is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultural communities and is presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. The program is a partnership of Washington State Parks 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, contact Debbie Fant, Folk & Traditional Arts Program Coordinator, at Deborah.Fant@PARKS.WA.GOV or 360-902-8635. 

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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.

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Posted on: August 10, 2015

15-054 Washington State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

Special day honors 99th birthday of National Park Service

OLYMPIA – Aug. 10, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Tuesday, Aug. 25 is a state parks ‘free day.’ Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pa...


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Posted on: August 4, 2015

15-053 Learn to photograph wildlife at Lake Sammamish State Park

Classes are in two parts, Aug. 25 and 29
 

OLYMPIA – Aug. 4, 2015 – The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park and Northwest Wildlife Photos invite the public to a two-day course in wildlife photography, taking place at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. 

The photography class is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, and from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 29 at Lake Sammamish State Park 2000 N.W. Sammamish Rd., Issaquah (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/XSFsf). The Aug. 25 class meets at the new Sunset Beach Bathhouse. On Aug. 29, participants will meet at the bathhouse and then spend the day shooting wildlife in the park.

No experience is necessary. Participants should bring a camera (even a smart phone), note pads and questions. Mobile internet devices are also good to bring but optional. Session content is flexible to accommodate varying levels of interest and experience. Visit Northwest Wildlife Photo's website at www.NorthwestWildlifePhotos.com.

The class is designed for people age 14 or older. Cost is $20, which includes both days. Space is limit; organizers request that people register for the classes at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildlife-photography-class-in-two-parts-tickets-17785620269.

A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park on Aug. 29. On Aug. 25, the Discover Pass will not be required because it’s a State Parks ‘free’ day to celebrate the National Park System’s 99th birthday. (www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.)

Organizers request that participants leave pets at home. 

About the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park (FLSSP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, enhancing and promoting Lake Sammamish State Park. The Friends group was formed in 2013 as a way for the park users and the community interested in improving this jewel of a park in a growing urban area.

The Friends vision is to create a park for the 21st Century that will be an innovative model for the state’s diverse system of recreational, cultural, historical and natural sites. Lake Sammamish State Park will be Washington’s signature park for protecting and celebrating urban natural areas, showcasing regionally significant wetlands and wildlife habitat, while enriching the lives of visitors and providing a valued legacy to future generations.

To learn more about Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, visit http://lakesammamishfriends.org.

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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:
Janet Farness, Friends of Lake Sammamish (425) 577-3657
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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Posted on: August 3, 2015

15-052 Celebrate Cambodian heritage and culture at Saltwater State Park

Activities for the whole family

OLYMPIA – Aug. 3, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the eighth annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration at Saltwater State Park in King County.


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Posted on: July 27, 2015

15-051 Celebrate National Lighthouse Day at Fort Casey Historical State Park

OLYMPIA – July 27, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate National Lighthouse Day at Admiralty Head Lighthouse on Whidbey Island.

The event, organized by the Keepers of Admiralty Head Lighthouse takes pl...


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Posted on: July 21, 2015

15-050 History Museum exhibit features rare photos of state parks

Agencies partner on free Community Gallery display opening Aug. 1

OLYMPIA – July 21, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) announce the opening of a new exhibit at the State History...

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Posted on: July 16, 2015

15-049 International Concert Series returns to Peace Arch State Park

Traditional music and dance throughout August
 

OLYMPIA – July 16, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the annual Peace Arch International Concert Series at Peace Arch State Park on the U.S.-Canadian border in Whatcom County.

The one-hour free concerts begin at 2 p.m. on the first four Sundays in August at Peace Arch State Park, 19 A Street in Blaine. (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/juqYz) In celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s diverse cultures, the series features music and dance performances representing communities and traditions from throughout the state: Ecuadorean, West African, Hawaiian and a brass band. A  Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the concerts. Canadian residents entering on foot may attend the concerts without customs or border-crossing formalities.

Performance schedule:

Aug. 2: 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 zampoñas (panpipe flutes), quenas (endblown flutes), the bombo (drum), chakchas (rattle), and charango, which resembles a small guitar with 10 strings. Guitar, bandolin (a short-necked, 15-string lute) and violin accompany the traditional instruments.
 

Aug. 9: Gansango Music & Dance Company
Gansango Music & Dance draws on the talent of a multicultural group of international dancers and musicians presenting traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa. Etienne Cakpo directs the company. Cakpo, originally from Benin, is now a teacher and choreographer based in Seattle. Performances often feature traditional dance from Benin, including Vodoun ritualistic dances, regional social ceremony dances such as the Chenkoumé dance from Savalou, and royal historical dances such as the Zehli dance from the late 1800s. Live music on the kora (21-string harp), djembe (drum), djun-djun (drum) and percussion accompany modern dance arrangements based on traditional movement and rhythms, while costumes from West Africa provide color and cultural context.
 

August 16: Halau Hula O Napualani (Napualani Hawaiian Dance Troupe)
The Halau (school) was founded by Gloria Napualani Kalamalamakailialoha Fujii Nahalea, who has shared more than 40 years of teaching, performing and choreographing the Pacific dance arts locally and globally. The troupe  performs traditional Hawaiian hula, Tahitian dance and New Zealand Maori haka. Traditional musicians accompany the dancers.  

August 23: The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band
The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band, Seattle’s own non-marching march band, plays the greatest hits of marching band music by John Philip Sousa, Henry Fillmore and more. This is not your run-of-the-mill concert band. The band includes Director and Raconteur Liz Dreisbach, who spins yarns and fun, a splendid collection of Vintage Band Uniforms, appearances by The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band Drill Team and Edith Farrar, the World’s Finest Sedentary Majorette, who performs thrilling feats of seated baton twirling. This year, the band celebrates 30 years of bringing their own party with them.

All concerts are accessible to persons with disabilities. For special accommodations, please call the park at (360) 332-8221 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

The Peace Arch International Concert 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 between the Washington State Parks and Recreation 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 Peace Arch State Park
Peace Arch State Park is a day-use park developed to commemorate the treaties and agreements that arose from the War of 1812. The park celebrates the unguarded United States-Canadian border that stretches from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. Park features include horticultural exhibitions and the giant commemorative concrete arch that straddles the border of the two nations. The United States and Canada co-maintain the monument. More information about the park is here: http://www.parks.wa.gov/562/Peace-Arch

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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:
Debbie Fant (360) 902-8635 
Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604 
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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Posted on: July 15, 2015

15-048 State Parks Commission to meet in Poulsbo next week

OLYMPIA – July 13, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will have its regular meeting next week in Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at Poulsbo City Hall, 200 Moe St., Poulsbo. A full ...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

15-047 Junior Ranger Program gets children close to nature at Lake Sammamish State Park

OLYMPIA – July 10, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the Junior Ranger Program of events for this summer at Lake Sammamish State Park through Aug. 30.

Programs take place each weekend throughout the summer from 1 to 2:...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

15-046 Boat launch to be replaced at Joemma Beach State Park this summer

Construction will affect recreation access to the park

OLYMPIA – July 10, 2015 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces that the boat launch at Joemma Beach State Park on the Key Peninsula will be replaced this summer. Work begins July 28 and is expected to be completed Aug 2.  

During the replacement project, much of the park will be closed, and there will be no beach access. Also closed will be the water trail campsites, day-use areas and picnic shelter.

Remaining open during construction will be the first camping loop (sites 1 through 12) and moorage at the dock and mooring buoys with restricted access to the park.

Replacement is necessary because the existing boat ramp is deteriorating and has several holes and exposed rebar.  The new ramp will consist of 4-by-12-foot concrete planking. When completed, the watercraft launch will create a smoother and safer ramp for boaters and will also have a slightly smaller footprint on the beach. The replacement project is on State Parks’ deferred maintenance list and is paid for from state capital bond funds. The boat ramp replacement completes an $85,000 deferred maintenance project, which also included replacing the gangway ramp from the pier to the floats at Joemma.

“We realize the timing for this project is not ideal, since it’s our busiest time of year, but we are restricted to specific work windows due to permitting regulations and need low tides to do the construction work. I believe visitors will really appreciate the new boat launch for years to come,” said Janet Shonk, Area Manager.

Shonk said if the project is completed before Aug. 2, the park will fully reopen.

About Joemma Beach State Park
The 122-acre marine camping park has 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on the southeast Key Peninsula in Pierce County. For more information, including maps, visit: http://www.parks.wa.gov/524/Joemma-Beach 
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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:

Janet Shonk, (253) 884-2514
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

 

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

15-045 Public invited to learn about forest thinning plan for Seaquest State Park

OLYMPIA – July 9, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public on a tour to learn about forest-health thinning to take place within Seaquest State Park in the fall.

The tour is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, a...

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Posted on: July 6, 2015

15-044 Celebrate Southeast Asian culture at Saltwater State Park

OLYMPIA – July 6, 2015 – 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—in its second year—takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satu...

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Posted on: June 30, 2015

15-043 Public invited to celebrate opening of Rocky Reach Trail at Lincoln Rock State Park

OLYMPIA – June 30, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to an event celebrating the grand opening of the Rocky Reach Trail near Wenatchee.

The celebration is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the soc...Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2015

15-042 Celebrate ShellFest 2015 at Twanoh State Park

OLYMPIA – June 29, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation invite the public to attend ShellFest 2015 at Twanoh State Park in Mason County.

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Posted on: June 26, 2015

15-041 Campfires prohibited in all state parks

Open fires and use of charcoal briquettes prohibited until further notice

[UPDATE 7/14/15: Gas- or propane-powered campfire pits will be allowed in some parks on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the individual park to find out more: http://www.par...Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2015

15-040 Open house celebrates new Sunset Beach Bathhouse at Lake Sammamish State Park

OLYMPIA – June 26, 2015 – The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park will host an open house to celebrate the completion of the park’s new Sunset Beach Bathhouse. The event also will commemorate the annexation of the park into the city of Issaquah earlier t...Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2015

15-038 Family dance events scheduled for July at Cama Beach State Park

OLYMPIA – June 25, 2015 – The Washington State Parks’ Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to a series of family dances at Cama Beach State Park in July.

The “Kick Up Your Heels and Dance” events are free and run from 7 to 9 ...

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Posted on: June 23, 2015

15-037 American Roots Music Series marks ninth season at Deception Pass State Park

Special July 4 Brass Band Concert to Celebrate Independence Day

OLYMPIA – June 23, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the Ninth Annual American Roots Music Seri...

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Posted on: June 19, 2015

15-036 Commission will consider sale of upland property on Squaxin Island to Tribe

OLYMPIA – June 19, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider the surplus and sale of a 31.4-acre parcel of property on the southeastern end of Squaxin Island to the Squaxin Island Tribe.

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Posted on: June 11, 2015

15-035 Celebrate National Get Outdoors Month Adventure Awaits Expo on State Capitol Campus

OLYMPIA – June 11, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation invite the public to celebrate National Get Outdoors Month with an outdoor expo June 27 on the Washington State Capitol Campus.

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Posted on: June 10, 2015

15-034 Commission announces public workshop to discuss recreation management at Riverside State Park

State Parks considers collaboration with Spokane County Parks, Avista

OLYMPIA – June 10, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a workshop to discuss several management planning topics for Riverside State Park in ...

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Posted on: June 3, 2015

15-033 State Parks and SUBWAY® restaurants launch Walk in the Park statewide

Encouraging families to enjoy their time in the great outdoors
and celebrate National Get Outdoors Day

OLYMPIA – June 3, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is partnering with SUBWAY® restaurants to launch Walk in the Park for the third year in a row. New this year, the partnership is expanding statewide with more 600 SUBWAY® restaurants participating.

Beginning on National Get Outdoors Day, June 13 and continuing through Sept. 30, anyone who shows a Discover Pass at a participating SUBWAY® restaurant throughout Washington state will receive a voucher good for a free six-inch sandwich with the purchase of a six-inch sandwich of equal or greater price and a 30-oz. drink. Vouchers also are available at parks when staff is available.

“The partnership with Washington State Parks and the Walk in the Park program both encourage families to spend more time in the outdoors and promote healthier, more active lifestyles,” said David Jones, SUBWAY® Advertising Board Chairman. “Our goal is to educate our state’s children on the importance of staying active and inform families of the diverse outdoor activities that are readily available in the state of Washington. Getting outside and enjoying the great outdoors together is a great way to stay healthy, which is why we decided to implement the Walk in the Park program for the third year now.”

National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. One of the primary goals of the day is to encourage new guests to visit public lands and reconnect youth to the great outdoors.

“We’re excited to be working with SUBWAY® restaurants to expand the Walk in the Park Program for this year’s promotion of the Washington State Discover Pass,” said Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. “The Discover Pass provides access to parks and state recreation lands, and the SUBWAY® promotion brings attention to the healthy outdoor recreation options we have to offer. It’s fitting that we’re kicking off this partnership effort on National Get Outdoors Day.”

The Discover Pass provides access to millions of acres of Washington state-managed recreation lands – including state parks, recreation areas, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads. Every Discover Pass purchased helps keep these wonderful outdoor recreation areas open and accessible to the public.SUBWAY® restaurants across Washington are participating in the Walk in the Park program, including Eastern Washington.

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 and on Twitter. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor's Associates Inc.

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:
Sandy Mealing, State Parks: (360) 902-8559Ryan Hostetler, Summit Group Communications for SUBWAY®: (253) 229-1177
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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Posted on: June 3, 2015

15-032 Experience the history of the fur trade years at Riverside State Park

OLYMPIA – June 3, 2015 – The Friends of Spokane House (FOSH) re-enactors will present a weekend of local fur trade history from the years 1810 through1826 at the 2015 Fur Trade Symposium and Encampment in Riverside State Park.

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Posted on: May 29, 2015

15-031 Millersylvania State Park hosts Canoe Families’ celebration

Free canoe rides from the Chehalis, Nisqually and Puyallup Tribes

OLYMPIA – May 29, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the Canoe Families Celebration at Millersylvania State Park in Olympia.

The celebration runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the boat launch area on Deep Lake, 12245 Tilley Road South, Olympia. The event celebrates the cultural heritage of the local Chehalis, Nisqually and Puyallup Tribes.

The June 13 event will feature canoe rides and Native singers, drummers and storytellers. Artists from the tribes will demonstrate traditional weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. A salmon and fry bread lunch will be available for purchase for $10. The Discover Pass is not required to attend the event. In recognition of National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 13, is a State Parks “free day,” when visitors to state parks are not required to display a Discover Pass.

Cultural event activities are presented by the Canoe Families from The Chehalis Tribe, the Nisqually Indian Tribe and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Proceeds from food sales support the canoe families’ participation in an intertribal canoe journey where tribes and nations from the Pacific Northwest travel by canoe to different host communities along the Salish Sea. The next Canoe Journey is planned for 2016 and will be hosted by the Nisqually Indian Tribe.

The event is accessible to persons with disabilities. Those requiring special accommodations to attend the event may call (360) 902-8626 or (360) 753-1519 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program
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 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 http://www.parks.wa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=121 or contact Debbie Fant, Folk & Traditional Arts Program Coordinator, at Deborah.Fant@parks.wa.gov or 360-902-8635.

About Millersylvania State Park
Millersylvania State Park is an 842-acre camping park with 3,300-feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. The park, filled with trails, is abundant in old-growth Cedar and Fir trees. Millersylvania was constructed almost entirely by hand in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Deep Lake, located on the property, attracts boaters, swimmers and fishermen. The state capital is a few miles north of the park. For more information about Millersylvania, check http://www.parks.wa.gov/546/Millersylvania

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:
Debbie Fant, (360) 902-8635
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service:(800) 833-6388

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Posted on: May 29, 2015

15-030 State Parks invites youth to annual Bike Rodeo at Pearrygin Lake

OLYMPIA – May 29, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and partners invite youths age 5-12 to learn how to have fun and be safe while riding bikes at the annual Bike Rodeo taking place at Pearrygin Lake.

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Posted on: May 28, 2015

15-029 State Parks seeks public input on management plan update for Beacon Rock State Park

Public meeting scheduled for June 11

OLYMPIA – May 28, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to participate in updating the management plan for Beacon Rock State Park, located near the town of Stevenson in the Columbia River Gorge.

The public planning process will kick off with an informational workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Hegewald Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Dr., Stevenson. (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Df29H) The updated plan will address changes that have occurred at the park including property acquisition, evolving recreational needs and resource management issues. This review will result in updated management recommendations for the park.

State Park staff will be available at the June 11 meeting to answer questions and take comments. State Parks will also provide a sign-up opportunity for those interested in serving on a climbing advisory committee. The public may also provide comments online. More information about how to comment and background information is at: http://j.mp/BeaconRock.

About Beacon Rock State Park
Beacon Rock State Park is a 5,100-acre year-round camping park with historic significance dating back hundreds of years. At more than 840-feet tall, Beacon Rock is the core of an ancient volcano. A mile-long trail to its summit provides outstanding panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. The park has more than 20 miles of roads and trails open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use. In addition, Beacon Rock is a popular rock climbing destination. For more information, visit http://www.parks.wa.gov/474/Beacon-Rock

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:
Randy Kline, (360) 902-8632
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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Posted on: May 28, 2015

15-028 Canoe Families host 10th annual celebration at Deception Pass State Park

Samish and Swinomish tribes offer free canoe rides

OLYMPIA – May 28, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the 10th Annual Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island.

The celebration runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Bowman Bay picnic area on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park, 41020 State Route 20, Oak Harbor. The event celebrates the maritime heritage of the two participating Coast Salish tribes.

The June 6 event will feature canoe rides and native singers, drummers and storytellers. Artists from the two tribes will demonstrate traditional weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. A salmon and fry bread lunch also will be available for purchase. The Discover Pass is not required to attend this event. In recognition of National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6 is a State Parks “free day,” when day-use visitors to state parks are not required to display a Discover Pass. (More information about the Discover Pass is at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.)

Cultural event activities are presented by the Samish Indian Nation, the Samish Canoe Family, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Swinomish Canoe Family. Proceeds from food sales at the Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration support the Samish and Swinomish canoe families’ participation in an intertribal canoe journey—where tribes and nations from the Pacific Northwest travel by canoe to different host communities along the Salish Sea. The next Canoe Journey is planned for 2016 and will be hosted by the Nisqually Indian Tribe.

The event is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required to attend the event, please call (360) 902-8626 or (360) 675-3767 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program
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 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, contact Debbie Fant, Folk & Traditional Arts Program Coordinator, at Deborah.Fant@PARKS.WA.GOV or 360-902-8635.

About Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater of 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. More information about Deception Pass is here: http://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 contacts:
Debbie Fant, (360) 902-8635
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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Posted on: May 27, 2015

15-027 Public invited to celebrate the 117th anniversary and reopening of North Head Lighthouse

OLYMPIA – May 27, 2015 -- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse invite the public to attend the 117th anniversary celebration and reopening of North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2015

15-026 State Parks announces Waikiki Beach Summer Concerts series

Now in its 10th year at Cape Disappointment State Park

OLYMPIA – May 26, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the schedule for its summer concert series at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park. The first conc...

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Posted on: May 20, 2015

15-025 Public invited to celebrate June 5 reopening of Lyons Ferry State Park

Upgrades and improvements completed at Southeast Washington day-use park

OLYMPIA – May 20, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) invite the public to a reopening celebration at Lyons Fe...Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2015

15-024 State Parks announces Camano Island State Park summer amphitheater program

Award-winning filmmaker Rick Wood kicks off series May 23

OLYMPIA – May 15, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Camano Island State Park invite the public to attend the park’s amphitheater speaker series taking place throug...

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Posted on: May 12, 2015

15-023 State Parks announces summer season for Folk & Traditional Arts concerts

Free performances celebrate diverse cultures

OLYMPIA – May 12, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program today announced the summer schedule of performances and dances in parks taking place throughout the state.

Events feature folk and traditional music and dance representing a variety of communities from around the Pacific Northwest. The performances are free. A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to parks.

Performances listed by county are as follows:

SKAGIT COUNTY
Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration: Samish and Swinomish Canoe Families
Noon to 4 p.m., June 6
Deception Pass State Park, Bowman Bay area, Fidalgo Island

THURSTON COUNTY
Canoe Families Celebration: Chehalis, Nisqually, Puyallup Canoe Families
Noon to 4 p.m., June 13Millersylvania State Park, Olympia

PACIFIC COUNTY
First concert of the 10th-annual Waikiki Beach Concert Series: Napua and Friends (Hawaiian music and dance)
7 p.m., June 13Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco

ISLAND COUNTY
American Roots Music Series
7 p.m., Every Saturday in July
Deception Pass State Park, West Beach Amphitheater, Oak Harbor

  • July 4—Brass Patriots 133D Army Reserve Band from Joint Base Lewis McChord: stirring big band music
  • July 11—Dave & the Dalmatians,all-male a cappella music from Eastern Europe
  • July 18 —Kohala: traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and dance
  • July 25—The Onlies: young old-time music trio

ISLAND COUNTY
Kick Up Your Heels and Dance!
7 to 9 p.m., Second, Third, Fourth Saturdays in July
Cama Beach State Park, Cama Center, Camano Island

  • July 11—The Barn Owls with Gabe Strand, Caller: Old-time family square dance
  • July 18—La Famille Léger: family dance with French Canadian music
  • July 25—Dances with John Corrigan, Caron Grasso, Linda and Bob Berka, Callers. Sponsored by the Fidalgo Fogcutters

KING COUNTY
Southeast Asian Cultural Celebration: All-day festival featuring music, dance, storytelling from Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 18
Saltwater State Park, Des Moines

WHATCOM COUNTY
International Concert Series
2 p.m., First four Sundays in AugustPeace Arch State Park, Blaine

  • August 2 —Quichua Mashis: traditional music from the Ecuadorian Andes Mountains
  • August 9—Gansango Music and Dance Company: music and dance from West Africa
  • August 16—Halau Hula O Napualani; Hawaiian ukulele music and traditional hula
  • August 23—Sedentary Sousa Band; world’s only seated marching band


KING COUNTY
Cambodian Cultural Celebration: All-day festival featuring music, dance, crafts and food
11 to 4 p.m., August 22 Saltwater State Park, Des Moines


OKANOGAN COUNTY
Celebrating Cultures Music Festival
2 to 5:30 p.m., August 29 Pearrygin Lake State Park, Winthrop

  • Inochi Taiko—Japanese-American traditional drumming
  • Squirrel Butter—Old-time variety duet
  • Gansango Music & Dance—traditional music and dance from West Africa

Note to media: More details about each performance will be sent out in separate news releases several weeks before each event.

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program
The program is a partnership of Washington State Parks and Northwest Heritage Resources, with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation. For more information, contact Debbie Fant, Folk & Traditional Arts Program Coordinator, at Deborah.Fant@PARKS.WA.GOV or 360-902-8635.

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:
Debbie Fant, (360) 902-8635
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

15-022 South Whidbey Island State Park campground closed for 2015 season

Failing and diseased old-growth trees in campground pose public safety concern

OLYMPIA – May 8, 2015 – Washington State Parks is taking action to ensure public safety by closing the campground and group camp at South Whidbey Island State Park for the 2...

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Posted on: May 7, 2015

15-021 Public invited to open house for interim trail plan at Miller Peninsula property

OLYMPIA – May 7, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to learn about the draft interim trail plan for the Miller Peninsula State Park Property at an open house in Sequim.

State Parks staff will present the draf...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2015

15-020 State Parks Commission regular meeting in Cle Elum next week

OLYMPIA – May 5, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will have its regular meeting next week in Cle Elum.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Hill Road, Cle Elum. A full Com...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2015

15-019 State Parks offers three 'free' days in late spring

No Discover Pass required May 10, June 6, 13

OLYMPIA –May 1, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer three “free days” this month and next month. Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to sta...

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Posted on: April 20, 2015

15-018 A new way to stay at Moran State Park: Glamping

Experience the beauty of nature with a hint of luxury

OLYMPIA – April 20, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with Wanderlust Camps to offer a new style of luxury camping at Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

It’...

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Posted on: April 17, 2015

15-017 Celebrate natural history at Columbia Hills Trail Daze event

OLYMPIA – April 17, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate and explore the natural history of Columbia Hills State Park during Columbia Hills Trail Daze on Saturday, May 2.

Activities begin at 10 a.m...Read on...

Posted on: April 13, 2015

15-016 Celebrate Earth Day with a Wildflower Walk at Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

Learn to identify native Northwest flowers April 25

OLYMPIA – April 13, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissions invites the public to celebrate Earth Day with a wildflower appreciation walk at Mount St. Helens Visitor Center and Se...

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Posted on: March 31, 2015

15-015 Lake Sammamish State Park hosts nature tour by kayak, April 12

View a heronry and other bird life

OLYMPIA – March 31, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Paddle Sports and Kayak Academy of Issaquah invite the public for a kayak tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish to view great b...

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Posted on: March 26, 2015

15-014 State Parks offers two ‘free days’ in April

No Discover Pass needed April 4 and April 22

OLYMPIA – March 26, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two “free days” in April. Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks. The t...

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Posted on: March 17, 2015

15-013 Parks Commission considers guidelines for recreation business activities, enterprise lands

Regular Commission meeting in DuPont next week (March 26)

OLYMPIA – March 17, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission next week will consider approving guidelines for some business and enterprise land management activities within it...

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Posted on: March 17, 2015

15-012 Olmstead Place State Park hosts Plowing Bee

Event hosted by WA Draft Horse and Mule Association

OLYMPIA – March 17, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington Draft Horse and Mule Association (WDHMA) invite the public to an old-fashioned horse-plowing match an...

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Posted on: March 13, 2015

15-010 Westhaven State Park closed for paving March 23 through April 17

OLYMPIA – March 13, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces that Westhaven State Park will be closed from March 23 through April 17, while crews pave the gravel parking area. Vehicles and pedestrians will not be able to acces...Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2015

15-009 Visit state parks for a ‘free day’ March 19

No Discover Pass needed for State Parks’ 102nd birthday

OLYMPIA – March 5, 2015 – Washington State Parks turns 102 years old on Thursday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

Wi...

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Posted on: March 4, 2015

15-008 State Parks seeks whitewater representative to serve on Boating Program Advisory Council

Updated April 3, 2015: The deadline to apply for a position has been extended to April 20, 2015.

OLYMPIA – March 4, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Recreational Boating Program invites whitewater boaters to apply for an op...

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Posted on: March 2, 2015

15-007 State Boating program acquires boat for public education, law enforcement training

Funding to purchase vessel comes from a USCG grant

OLYMPIA – March 2, 2015 – The state’s boating program announces the launching today of its newly acquired 23-foot boat. The vessel will be used to teach boating and water safety to youth and adults, t...

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

15-006 State Parks Commission regular meeting in Tumwater next week

OLYMPIA – Jan. 20, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces its regular meeting next week in Tumwater.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Labor and Industries Auditorium, 7273 Linderson W...Read on...

Posted on: January 12, 2015

15-005 State Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sign lease at Lyons Ferry

Southeast Washington park to reopen under State Parks banner this spring

OLYMPIA – Jan. 12, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have signed a lease that transfers management of a popu...

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Posted on: January 9, 2015

15-004 State Parks schedules second public planning meeting for Fudge Point property

OLYMPIA – Jan. 9, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a second public meeting to address the future of the agency’s Fudge Point property on Harstine Island.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Ja...Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2015

15-003 Next State Parks 'free days' are Jan. 18-19

No Discover Pass needed for day visits on these days

OLYMPIA – Jan. 7, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces that Sunday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 19 are the next state parks “free days” when visitors are not required to...

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Posted on: January 5, 2015

15-002 Commission considering rule change to allow wind-powered vehicles on ocean beaches

Public meetings scheduled for this month

OLYMPIA – January 5, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking public comment on possible changes to the rule that prohibits the use of wind-powered vehicles on agency-managed ocean ...

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Posted on: January 2, 2015

15-001 Commission special meeting next week to discuss 2015-17 budget

OLYMPIA – Jan. 2, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will have a special meeting work session beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in the Moran Conference Room of the Washington State Parks Headquarters Building, 1111 Israel Road ...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2014

14-080 Celebrate peace at Peace Arch State Park Dec. 24

OLYMPIA – Dec. 16, 2014 – The United States Canada Peace Anniversary Association invites the public to a unique holiday event at Peace Arch State Park in Blaine. The event celebrates peace between nations by commemorating the bicentennial of the Treaty of...Read on...

Posted on: December 11, 2014

14-079 State Parks offers 12 'free days' to visitors in 2015

No Discover Pass needed to visit parks on designated days

OLYMPIA – Dec. 11, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces Thursday, Jan. 1 is the first of 12 “free days” in 2015 when visitors are not required to display the Dis...

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Posted on: December 10, 2014

14-078 Celebrate New Year's Day with a State Parks First Day Hike

Events take place on the first “free day” of the year

Updated 2:30 p.m., Dec. 10, 2014 to add Fields Spring State Park.

OLYMPIA – Dec.10, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the first day of 2015 ...
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Posted on: December 9, 2014

14-077 Commission seeks comment on draft policy to allow motorized agricultural use of trails

OLYMPIA – Dec. 9, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking public comment on a draft policy related to non-recreational motorized vehicle use of State Parks long-distance trails.

State Parks has scheduled two public work...Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2014

14-076 Special meeting set for State Parks Commission work planning

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will have a work planning meeting Wednesday in Olympia.

The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and then again from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10, in the Environmental Learning Center at Mil...Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2014

14-075 Celebrate a Winter Wonderland at Riverside State Park

Family event is a fundraiser for the Riverside State Park Foundation

OLYMPIA – November 20, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to celebrate winter early and the upcoming...

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Posted on: November 13, 2014

14-074 State Parks invites people to go 'deep' into Rockport State Park

Guided weekend hikes offered from December through mid-February

OLYMPIA – Nov. 13, 2014 – This winter, staff and volunteers from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer guided hikes through the ancient, old growth forest at Rockport State Park.

The Deep Forest Experience hikes take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Dec. 5 through Feb. 15, at Rockport State Park. The park is located just off the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), .06 miles west of the town of Rockport. The hikes vary in distance and time from 30 minutes to one hour or more and can be customized depending on the interest of participants. The park offers an ADA-accessible trail. Those interested in a guided hike are invited to simply show up during the hours mentioned and inquire at the park office.

State Parks and interpretive staff lead the hikes through the 670-acre park—a rare, old growth forest of ancient cedar, fir, hemlock and maple teeming with lichen and moss. Some of the Douglas-fir trees are 250 feet tall and more than 300 years old.

Following the hikes, visitors can participate in a fun craft activity in the park’s Discovery Center, which also has interactive wildlife displays, books and games. Hikers can wrap up their day in the woods enjoying refreshments around a campfire.

For more information, contact Alysa Adams at Rockport State Park: 360-853-8461 or Rockport@parks.wa.gov.

Participants will need to display the Discover Pass for vehicle access and parking. The day or annual pass can be purchased at the park.

For more information about and directions to Rockport State Park, visit: www.parks.wa.gov/574/Rockport

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:
Alysa Adams, (360) 853-8461
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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Posted on: November 12, 2014

14-073 State Parks Commission considers Mount Spokane land use classifications, ski area expansion

Public hearing and regular meeting set for Spokane next week

OLYMPIA – Nov. 12, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider action on park land classifications and proposed ski area expansion at Mount Spokane State Park at...

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Posted on: November 10, 2014

14-072 Commission sets public meeting for interim trail plan at Miller Peninsula property

OLYMPIA – Nov. 10, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces a public meeting on a draft interim trail plan for the Miller Peninsula State Park property near Sequim.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, a...Read on...

Posted on: November 10, 2014

14-071 State Parks announces new moorage rates for 2015

Update Nov. 17, 2014. The report "Marine Park Study" with information about how State Parks arrived at the new moorage rates is available here: www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5025

OLYMPIA – November 10, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recr...

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Posted on: October 29, 2014

14-070 State Parks offers ‘free day’ Nov. 11

Final free day for 2014 in honor of Veterans Day

OLYMPIA – Oct. 29, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the final free day of 2014 is Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Visitors will not be required to display the Disc...

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Posted on: October 24, 2014

14-069 Free snowmobile safety course offered to youth age 12 to 16

Class coincides with Spokane Winter Knights Snow & ATV Show and Swap Meet

OLYMPIA – Oct. 24, 2014 – The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Spokane Winter Knights Snowmobile Club, is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class for youth in November.

The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16. The class is scheduled from10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, at the 2014 Snow & ATV Show and Swap Meet at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley.

The key to safe snowmobiling lies in the operator’s knowledge, capabilities, limitations and understanding of the machine. It is recommended that snowmobilers be aware of weather and trail conditions and the safety of other winter sports enthusiast, while respecting wildlife and environment.

The snowmobile safety course training includes:

  • Basic snowmobile maintenance.
  • Survival skills and dealing with emergencies, including an avalanche awareness presentation by representatives of the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC).
  • The proper clothing and protection for winter weather.
  • Hand signals while riding and other basic riding skills.
  • Properly preparing for a ride.
Registration deadline is Nov. 1. To register online, visit www.parks.wa.gov/130/Winter-Recreation. A parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form for each child registered and sign them out at the conclusion of the class. Participants should bring their own snacks, lunch and beverage.

For more information about the course, contact the Winter Recreation Program at winter@parks.wa.gov or (360) 902-8664.

Washington State Parks is responsible for Washington’s snowmobile safety and education programs, which are funded by snowmobile registration fees. State Parks and Washington State Snowmobile Association place special emphasis on providing snowmobile safety courses for young people and adults.

About the Winter Recreation Program
Washington State Parks administers the Winter Recreation Program in seven national forests and blocks of state and private forest land. The program manages Sno-Parks near groomed and backcountry trails for snowmobile and non-motorized recreational uses. For more information about the program, visit www.parks.wa.gov/130/Winter-Recreation. Stay current with trail grooming information, access to winter recreation opportunities and issues related to winter recreation on Twitter: @WaStatePks_WNTR (.https://twitter.com/WaStatePks_WNTR).

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
Elexis Hisel, (360) 902-8664
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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Posted on: October 23, 2014

14-068 State Parks kicks off public planning process for Fudge Point on Harstine Island

OLYMPIA – Oct. 23, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the beginning of a public process to develop a management plan for Fudge Point on Harstine Island in Mason County.

The public is invited to participate in the pro...Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2014

14-067 Celebrate the grand opening of the new Evergreen Sno-Park, Nov. 1

OLYMPIA – Oct.20, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Kittitas County Parks and Recreation District No. 1 invite the public to a grand opening celebration of Phase 1 of the new Evergreen Sno-Park near Cle Elum.

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Posted on: October 20, 2014

14-066 State Parks Commission announces public meeting on potential Mount Spokane ski area expansion

OLYMPIA – Oct. 20, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has scheduled a special evening public meeting to take testimony about land classification options and proposed expansion of a ski facility at Mount Spokane State Park near Spo...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2014

14-065 State Parks announces changes to schedule for winter

OLYMPIA – Oct. 9, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission today announced its 2014-2015 winter schedule, with more than 60 parks remaining open seven days a week for camping and day-use activities.

The winter schedule is available o...Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2014

14-064 Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park Oct. 25

Family event touted as ‘scariest half-mile hike ever’

OLYMPIA – Oct. 9, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual “Return of the Zombies” hike in Riv...

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Posted on: September 25, 2014

14-063 Live music and family square dances coming to Cama Beach State Park in October

OLYMPIA – September 25, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to a live music performance and two family dances—with Northwest themes—at Cama Beach State Park in Oct...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

14-062 Free snowmobile safety course offered to youth age 12 to 16

Class coincides with WSSA Snowmobile Expo and Swap Meet, Oct. 18

OLYMPIA – September 23, 2014 – The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Snowmobile Association...

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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.

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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 equestrian groups, invite the...

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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 public to participate in the an...

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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 Threshing Bee and Antique...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.

The following t...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’ GeoChallenge.

The free Washington State Parks ...

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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 parks has been eased as of thi...

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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 visitors will not need a Discover P...

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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 parks will be prohibited unti...

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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 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.

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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/

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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/.

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.govRead 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...