The Umbrella Organization for the voice of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State.

The mission  of the Big Tent  is to promote sustainable, diverse, equitable, and inclusive outdoor experiences in Washington state through advocacy and education.

What we do:  The Big Tent advocates for sustainable state funding for recreation and conservation lands as well as sustainable and equitable development and human interaction with those lands.

Vision:  The Big Tent envisions a Washington where elected leaders, businesses, nonprofits, and residents are working together to create a more inclusive and equitable outdoor experience for all. We want to find ways to use outdoor recreation to fuel economic activity and sustain healthy outcomes in our communities.

#RecreateResponsibly to Protect Yourself, Others, and the Outdoors

During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become even more important for many Americans. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to families heading out to their local park for the first time, could use a little guidance about how to stay safe. The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our parks, trails, and beaches. [ LEARN MORE ]



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Recreation and Tourism Mapping to Support the Recovery

Hometown Washington

Not only will the rules be different from one facility to another, but they will be constantly changing as new opportunities are open, or additional closures need to be imposed. Our data is uniquely designed to support these dynamic conditions. We have information on over 15,000 recreation resources including recreation areas, parks, trails, and facilities, as well as businesses offering recreation and hospitality services. In our data, we capture the information necessary to take the written texts of government orders, and translate them to specific areas and facilities. The general public may not know which park or trail is owned by WA State Parks (currently closed), Bellevue (currently open for dispersed recreation) or Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest (trails and lands are open but all facilities including trailheads are closed) but if they go to our maps, they can see which areas near them are open and understand any special rules that might apply. We will be constantly updating our maps as rules change so we are only showing recreation opportunities and businesses that are open under the current restrictions. In addition to the main Re-Discover WA map and app, we will also be providing web maps for specific sports (hiking, biking, horse riding, OHVing, camping) and user types (food tourism, dogs, kids).  These web maps and apps will be completely free for users.
An important part of this project is to help people support our recreation and tourism businesses while responsibly enjoying all that Washington has to offer. We will be offering these businesses a free basic placement on the Re-Discover WA maps and a 40% discount off of our standard and premium placement rates plus paid businesses can ask to be added to our other web maps at no additional charge, a service that is normally 50% of the placement rate per map. Businesses can be on our maps for as little as $8/month (standard) or $12/month (premium). Organizations that would like to help with the project and connect with users can sponsor our apps and web maps, getting their organization name and link on the web map and app home screens; they can partner with us, and give their members an additional discount while earning a commission; or they can serve as affiliates, providing businesses a link to sign up and earning commissions on sign-ups.
In addition to the Re-Discover WA maps and apps, Washington Hometown will continue to maintain our crisis map, www.washingtonhometown.com/crisis - this map will focus on information related to navigating the crisis. We are currently showing recreations areas and trail access classified by the current status (open, partial closure or complete closure), hospitals, testing locations and food banks, and businesses that are offering carry-out, delivery or on-line products. As the rules change, this map will focus on crisis resources, adding additional resources to help people impacted by the crisis, while Re-Discover WA will focus on recreation opportunities and reopening our tourism economy.
For more information go to https://www.washingtonhometown.com/rediscover-wa, email us at contact@washingtonhometown.com or call 509-312-0979.

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