Strategic planning

Read the current long-range plan and priorities (PDF) for the state park system.

The Commission is committed to strategic planning to keep State Parks on course in meeting its vision and mission. The 2019-21 plan communicates the Commission priorities, sets strategic direction and outlines specific priorities for the 2019-21 Biennium. These priorities are to: 

  • Continue our customer focus, providing services they need and expect. 
  • Improve facility condition. 
  • Use better data to inform decisions. 
  • Understand and protect resources in our care. 
  • Engage youth and diverse communities. 
  • Develop and maintain trails. 
  • Develop and maintain beneficial partnerships. 
  • Modernize park operations. 
  • Invest in core capacity. 
  • Promote state parks. 
  • Improve capital planning. 

We continue to build on our priorities and meet the challenges through a dedicated workforce, established and new partnerships, park users’ feedback, and a genuine love for state parks. State Park efforts are recognized for its results by the National Recreation and Park Association for excellence in management and operation of the park system.  

State Parks Commission will assess its achievements, challenges, and make decisions to integrate the results from the assessment into the next strategic plan. 

2021-31 strategic planning process

The Commission is beginning the process of developing the 2021-31 strategic plan. State Parks scheduled three public meetings in three selected locations that will begin in August 2019. A draft framework of the 2021-31 plan is going to be shared and discussed with the public at these meetings. The Commission values the public’s comments and encourages the public to be active in helping develop the next 10-year direction. 

Following are the three scheduled public meetings:

Aug. 27, 6:30 to 8 pm.
Harman Center
101 N. 65th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98908

Aug. 28, 6:30 – 8 pm.
Spokane County Library
Valley Branch
12004 E. Main Ave.
Spokane, WA 99206
(509) 893-8400 (branch) or
(509) 893-8270 (main)

Sept. 5, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Tacoma Metro Parks
3873 S. 66th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 404-3942


The State Parks and Recreation Commission wants your thoughts and comments on the next strategic plan framework that outlines the current vision, mission, goals and strategies. Take a look at the proposed framework and let us know your thoughts. You may also view the presentation used at the public meetings.

  • What do you think of the proposed framework for the Commission’s next strategic plan? 
  • Are we missing anything that’s important to you?
  • What are areas that the Commission should focus on for the next 10 years? 
  • How can we improve your experiences at Washington state parks? 
  • Any other thoughts you have about State Parks and outdoor recreation are welcome!

If you are unable to attend any of the meetings, comments can be made by email (make the subject line 2021-31 Strategic Plan) or mail to: 

Washington State Parks Policy and Governmental Affairs
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504

Please provide comments no later than Oct. 11. Washington State Parks looks forward to hearing from you!

  1. Current documents
  2. Archived documents