Strategic planning

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

A recent history of planning

In 2003, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission adopted Centennial 2013, a vision for the future of Washington State Parks and a plan to carry it out. For the past decade, Washington State Parks has been working with the public and park supporters to upgrade and improve state parks all across Washington.

As Washington State Parks entered its second century of service in 2013, a new plan was needed to meet public needs and desires, and to continue our legacy of stewardship for future generations. This plan was called the "Transformation Strategy."

In the spring of 2012, Washington State Parks held 10 public meetings all around the state. The purpose of the meetings was to receive public input on the development of a State of State Parks Report for the Governor's Office of Financial Management and the agency Transformation Strategy to guide state parks into the future. The planning documents used at the meetings and the final State of State Parks Report (PDF) can be found below.

In the winter of 2012-2013, those who participated in the spring public meetings were sent notice that the draft agency Transformation Strategy was available for review and comment. The draft was placed on this page and with adoption of a final Transformation Strategy (PDF), it replaced the draft and now also can be found below.

The 2013 and 2014 legislature also asked for reports from the agency on an update to its 2012 State of State Parks Report (October 2013) and a Capital Budget Deferred Maintenance Report (December 2013). Both documents can be found below.

Next up was the 2014-19 State Parks Strategic Plan. It took the August 2012 Report and Transformation Strategy, and added in specific priorities and timelines for strategic initiatives and organizational changes. Adoption by the Parks and Recreation Commission occurred in July 2014, and that plan can be found below as well.

Most recently, so many changes in the finances and programs of the agency were occurring between 2014 and 2016 that the Commission concluded that changes to the 2014-19 plan were desirable. So a 2016 update to the plan was developed and approved by the Commission at its May 2016 meeting in Moses Lake. That plan too can be found below as the most recent document in a long line of strategic work taking place at a crucial time in State Parks history.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information about the Strategic Plan and its role in agency decision making, please contact the email the planning committee or call (360) 902-8500 and ask for Strategic Planning, or by mail to:
Washington State Parks Planning Program
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504

Washington State Parks looks forward to hearing from you!

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