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State Parks and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse invite the public to help celebrate the 119th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse June 3, at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco. Read on...
State Parks, Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia and the City of Montesano invite the public to volunteer for the ninth annual Monte Trails Appreciation Day on June 3 at Lake Sylvia State Park near Montesano. Read on...
State Parks, in partnership with the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, is offering training to people interested in becoming volunteer docents at Lake Sammamish State Park. The five-hour docent training is June 3, at the park office. Read on...
Park aides sign on for adventure, hard work
Washington State Parks employs approximately 400 park aides and 45 senior park aides per season. They work in the desert, in forests, by rivers, lakes and the ocean and in historically significant locations. They help rangers and maintenance staff; they participate in interpretive and education programs; they do housekeeping for cabin, yurt and vacation house rentals, and they enforce Discover Pass compliance. Every day is different, and they rarely sit still for long.
New construction improves parks for visitors State Parks’ $67.5 million capital budget for 2015-17 includes construction of new facilities and upgrades of existing ones. State Parks’ engineers, architect and project managers are overseeing everything from construction of new buildings and bridges, to rebuilt roads and trails, water and sewer systems and more.
Parks awards special grants to get kids outside
Getting kids outdoors is the focus of Washington State Parks’ No Child Left Inside grant program, funded by the Legislature in 2015 to provide money for schools, community and environmental groups to use for outdoor education, recreation and leadership programs.
State Parks blazes ahead with cross-state trails In 2016, the Washington State Parks Commission adopted a special resolution reconfirming its commitment to the cross-state recreation trail system. State Parks currently operates five long-distance trails that pass through varied terrain, statewide.
State parks staff make parks "clean and green!"
Park staff all over the state pulled together in 2016 to focus on an effort called, “Clean, green and be seen.” The initiative included some dollars to help staff give their parks a “mini-makeover” and customer service boost.
Parks and tribe open new trailhead for people, horses
In January, 2016, Washington State Parks and the Nisqually Tribe gathered between raindrops to celebrate the completion of a brand new trailhead, parking lot, signs and restroom facility at Nisqually State Park, in Southwest Pierce County near Eatonville.