Parks and Recreation Commission

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission provides policy direction for one of the largest, most diverse and beautiful state parks systems in the country. The state park system is comprised of 124 state parks and properties covering over 138,000 acres throughout the state. The park system includes marine parks, heritage sites, historic parks, interpretive centers, retreat centers, ocean beaches and hundreds of miles of trails. The agency is also responsible for the state’s winter recreation program, boating safety and vessel pump out program and numerous contracted concession operations. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters, and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives.
Board Website
Policy AreaOutdoor Recreation and Economic Development
Governor Appointments7
Total Board Positions7
Statutory AuthorityRCW 79A.05.015
Public Disclosure Required?Yes
Senate Confirmation Required?Yes
Compensation$50.00 per day stipend, per diem for travel
Term Length (years)6
Statutory Term Limits
Member Requirements: Must understand parks and recreation; may not hold any elective or full-time appointive state, county, or municipal office.