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  1. 17-043 Summer programs at Lake Sammamish State Park invite you to learn and play

    Join Lake Sammamish State Park interpretive staff as they host weekend programs focused on family fun and learning in the great outdoors, now through Sept. 2. Read on...
  2. 17-042 Celebrate the state’s shellfish heritage at Camano Island State Park

    State Parks and the Washington State Parks Foundation invite the public to ShellFest 2017, June 24, at Camano Island State Park in Island County. Read on...
  3. 17-041 Deception Pass State Park hosts 12th season of American Roots concerts

    The Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the 12th-Annual American Roots Music Series this July at Deception Pass State Park. Each free Saturday concert features distinct American music traditions. Read on...
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  1. 2017 National Gold Medal Awards
    The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), recently announced that Washington State Parks has been named a finalist for the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

    Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. 

    The agency is a finalist in the State Parks category. This video is Washington State Parks’ final submission for consideration of the 2017 National Gold Medal Awards.

What's New

  1. Possible shutdown plan
    for state parks 

    In the unlikely event that the Legislature cannot pass a 2017-19 budget by June 30, the Washington State constitution requires state government to shut down July 1. This would include closure of state parks.     

    We remain optimistic that a budget will be passed on time and that state parks will remain open.  If a shutdown were to occur, reservation holders would receive full refunds for any days they were not able to use due to a government shutdown.    

    More information about contingency planning for state agency operations is available through the Office of Financial Management. 

    Please check this website often for updates.

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