Future events include park fun days, tours, demonstrations, cultural, music and arts events, interpretive activities, recreation days and more. For information about State Parks events in this 100th celebration year, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/ and watch for reminders on State Parks social media.
Recently added to the celebration events list is Discover Riverside, a day-long celebration of recreational and interpretive opportunities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Riverside State Park near Spokane. Friends of the park are working with staff to offer a variety of activities, including interpretive history, crafts, hikes, pony and trail rides, and motorized fun in the park’s ORV area. For more information on that event, visit www.riversidestatepark.org.
As part of Washington State Parks’ Centennial 2013 vision, the agency adopted performance goals to make improvements in parks during the decade leading up to the park system’s 100th birthday in 2013. Prior to the economic recession, improvements were made in every state park, and progress was made on a variety of agency goals, including expanding the agency’s event offerings and increasing volunteerism and partnership efforts. Progress on the Centennial 2013 can be found at www.parks.wa.gov/Centennial2013 .