On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites people to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a free visit to Washington’s state parks. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks. Read on...
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.
Washington State Parks maintains nearly 120 piers, docks and floats; more than 340 mooring buoys; hundreds of no-wake and swim-area buoys and 60 boat launches.
These boating and swimming features, along with island toilets and trash receptacles, stretch from the San Juan Islands to the Columbia River, and to the inland lakes of eastern Washington. They require constant maintenance, repair and reconstruction—services provided by the State Parks Marine Crew.
Meet the small team of professional divers and boatmen working tirelessly behind the scenes (in and under the water) to make our state parks great places to play on and in the water.