The next chapter for Washington State Parks

Two people sitting on a park bench in front of a lake.

Reflecting on the past and planning for the future 

New year, new us!

Well…sort of. At Washington State Parks, we’re committed to protecting our most treasured lands, providing memorable experiences and connecting people with the diverse natural and cultural heritage of our state. It’s the core of who we are as an agency and that will never change.  

This year, we’re taking a closer look at how the stories we tell, services we provide and visuals we use represent our values to our teammates and the communities we serve. 

We’re reflecting on where we’ve been, honoring where we are and planning for where we’d like to go in the future to best meet the needs of our visitors and the state of Washington.  

For more than 100 years, Washington State Parks has provided space for people to enjoy outdoor recreation, connect with nature, camp, relax and explore. Our parks are full of memories! 

A lot has changed since our founding in 1913. Today, visitors interact with our parks – and nature in general – differently. Expectations for services have expanded, amenities have improved and programming continues to grow. The world we live in continues to evolve and we are looking forward to growing with it. 

Four people sitting around a campfire with tent in the background.

There are more than 100 years-worth of personal opinions, memories and stories about Washington State Parks. Each of us has a unique perspective and story that will help us better understand how we can connect parks to the people we serve. Perhaps you’ve been coming to parks for years or maybe you’ve always been curious to visit but haven’t made it out to one yet. Great! Whatever your story is, we want to hear it. 

The information we gather will help us understand how we’re connecting with our values today and map where we’re headed next. 

We’d love to keep the conversation going! We will not publicly use or share any information we collect unless we are able to contact you and get your permission first.

A child and an adult high fiving at the top of Beacon Rock