Support Renewed for Outdoor-Recreation Program 18 May 2015

Support Renewed for Outdoor-Recreation Program

Senator Parlette - In Touch: Legislative Newsletter, May 15, 2015

(photo) Talking with Governor Inslee following Wednesday’s signing of legislation I sponsored to renew the "No Child Left Inside" program; the kayak paddle in my hand was presented as a memento by supporters of the bill and will be displayed in my legislative office!
ESSB 5843 Signed! 14 May 2015

ESSB 5843 Signed!

Tolmie State Park

Many of you attended a great event yesterday at Tolmie State Park for the Governor's signing of ESSB 5843 (outdoor recreation sector lead and No Child Left Inside revitalization). Thank you to everyone who could attend and to those who signed the paddles for Senators Ranker and Parlette - they LOVED them! Linked here are the pictures from the event.

Big Tent Coalition Meeting Rescheduled for 6/8/2015 10 May 2015

Big Tent Coalition Meeting Rescheduled for 6/8/2015

Location: The Nature Conservance

Due to the bill signing (SB 5843 - Great news!) we have cancelled/rescheduled the Big Tent meeting originally scheduled for 5/13.  The meeting is officially rescheduled for Monday June 8, 2015 at the Nature Conservancy in Seattle.  The membership meeting will begin at 10am and followed by the Board meeting around 11:45am. We will provide an updated agenda next week. Thank you so much for your understanding with regards to rescheduling this meeting. 
9 May 2015

Washington Will be the Second State In the Nation to Have a Top Policy Advisor on the Outdoors

Creating a Sector Lead for Outdoor Recreation

Folks – I want to reach far and wide across the Washington state outdoor sector to assure that our industry has good representation at an important event near Olympia on Wednesday May 13, 2015 at 12:30pm.

Governor Inslee Invites You to SB 5843 Signing 9 May 2015

Governor Inslee Invites You to SB 5843 Signing

May 13, 12:30pm, Tolmie State Park

Outdoor recreation leaders - You are invited to join Governor Inslee at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13th at Tolmie State Park for the bill signing ceremony of SB 5843: “Concerning outdoor recreation.”  Sponsors: Senators Ranker, Parlette, Pearson, Rolfes, Hewitt, Litzow, Conway, Hasegawa, McAuliffe.


This bill creates an outdoor recreation policy advisor position in the Governor’s office and adds programs that utilize veterans for at least 50 percent of their program implementation to the list of criteria for the Parks and Recreation Director to use when awarding grants from the Outdoor Education Recreation grant program. Having a senior policy advisor to the Governor creates a voice for outdoor recreation that can work to build partnerships, identify opportunities, increase participation and develop incentives to increase the economic impact of outdoor recreation. Statewide, there are 199,000 jobs and $21.6 billion in annual spending related to outdoor recreation. No RSVP necessary.  Questions: call Simon Vila, 360.902.4137 or


Date:                     Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Time:                    12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:             Tolmie State Park, 7730 61st Ave. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506

Parking:               Limited parking is available on site.




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February 2018: A federal government analysis of outdoor recreation's economic impact reaffirms what many conservation groups have said for decades.  Outdoor recreation is big business. For the first time ever the U.S. Department of Commerce looked specifically at the economic impact of outdoor recreation and found that it contributed $373.7 billion to the nation's Gross Domestic Product in 2016, comprising 2 percent of the GDP.  See Report


A state study completed by the Recreation and Conservation Office in January 2015, finds that people in Washington spend nearly $22 billion each year hiking, skiing, boating, golfing, and in other outdoor pursuits.  See Study


January 2014: Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in customer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs.  See Study

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