OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation will meet Tuesday in Wenatchee.
The Governor called together leaders in outdoor recreation to develop an action plan for increasing outdoor recreation activities and encouraging recreation-related jobs and businesses. The task force, which has been meeting since April, is on target to complete its work by September 19.
The task force will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Van Tassell Center Café, Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 5th St., Wenatchee.
At this meeting, the task force will hear a presentation from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction about its Healthiest Next Generation program, as well as updates from four subcommittees about their progress. The subcommittees organized around the following topics: meeting future recreational needs, getting more people outdoors, economic development, and the state’s role in providing outdoor recreation.
How to Join the Conversation
The task force set aside time on its agenda at 11:30 a.m. for public to talk with the task force. In addition, the task force has scheduled a listening session on Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Pybus Public Market, 3 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee, to hear directly from the public about issues they think the task force should consider as its begins to write recommendations to the governor.
Take the Poll about Funding Recreation
The task force also is seeking ideas from the public through an online town hall. To participate, visit Engage Outdoor Washington at www.engageoutdoorwashington.com. The task force is asking new questions each week about different recreation issues.Outdoor recreation in Washington directly supports 227,000 jobs and generates more than $22 billion in annual spending on things like equipment, lodging and apparel.
The 28-member task force includes 16 voting members who are citizens involved in outdoor recreation and recreation-related businesses, 8 state agency representatives and 4 legislators.The task force is staffed by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office. More information about the task force can be found at the office’s Web site at www.rco.wa.gov/boards/TaskForce.shtml.