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Tag: Washington State Parks


Washington State Parks announces 2012 free days

Washington State Parks announced today the 2012 dates that its parks will be open for free:

  • Jan 14 through 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend
  • March 18 and 19 – In honor of Washington State Parks’ 99th birthday on March 19
  • June 9 – National Get Outdoors Day
  • Sept. 29 – National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 10 through 12 – Veterans Day weekend

According to the state Parks and Recreation Commission: “The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on

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Washington State Parks, Department of Natural Resources launch new winter recreation pass requirements

From the Washington Department of Natural Resources:

Washington State Parks and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announce changes in requirements to visiting winter recreation areas in Washington state. The changes affect whether a Sno-Park permit or a Discover Pass will be required to access state-managed winter recreation areas and Sno-Parks.


Visitors who have a current seasonal Sno-Park permit will not need to purchase a Discover Pass to visit a designated Sno-Park area between November 1 and March 31 for winter recreation activities. The seasonalSno-Park permit is $40. A one-day Sno-Park permit is $20. Some non-motorized Sno-Parks require a Special Groomed Trail sticker

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Help name proposed Nisqually-Mashel state park

South Sound residents will have a chance to offer their recommendation for a name for the state park to be built at the confluence of the Nisqually and Mashel rivers, near Eatonville.

The State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 8 a.m. on March 11 at the Lakewood Community Center, 9112 Lakewood Drive S.W., Lakewood.

At the meeting, the commission is scheduled to take public testimony on the name.

The State Parks staff has been working for three years to come up with a development plan for the park, a 1,230-acre property along Highway 7, south of Pack Forest.

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Raft Island resident named to State Parks commission

Patricia Taylor Lantz, a Raft Island resident, was today appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to serve a six-year term on the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Lantz is an avid hiker – she backpacked the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier with two friends at age 18 – bicyclist, kayaker and beach explorer.

She fills the position left by the retirement of Joan Thomas of Seattle. Lantz’s term will run through December 2016. She is expected to attend her first meeting as a commissioner in May.

The seven-person commission manages 120 developed state parks and cross-state programs, including winter

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