OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation will meet next week in Sequim.
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 Sept. 19.
The task force will meet from 4-8 p.m., Aug. 19, in the Sequim Holiday Inn Express, 1441 E. Washington St., Sequim.At this meeting, the task force will review draft recommendations submitted by the four task force subcommittees and reach consensus on recommendations to carry forward in the final report. The draft report is due to the Governor’s Office by Sept. 1.
How to Join the Conversation
The task force set aside time on its agenda for 7:25 p.m. for the public to talk with the task force. In addition, the task force has scheduled a listening session from 1-3 p.m., Aug. 19 in the Sequim Holiday Inn Express, to hear directly from some key members of the local community about issues they think the task force should consider as it writes recommendations to the Governor.
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 appointed by the Governor 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.