The Local Parks Advisory Committee evaluates application for grants in the Local Parks Category of the larger Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. The grants provide funding to acquire, develop, or renovate local parks.


  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Are interested in and knowledgeable about buying or developing local parks

Time Commitment

  • 8-10 full days of virtual meetings every other summer (even years)
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies


  • RCO will provide the training needed to evaluate grants
  • Stipends are available to eligible committee members

Committee Members

Citizen Members

  • Ruth Carroll, Lake Bay
  • Glenn Kost, Bellevue

Local Agency Members

  • Chaz Bates, City of Spokane Valley, Spokane Valley
  • John Bottelli, Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf Department, Spokane
  • Doug Coutts, South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District, Langley
  • Bryan Higgins, City of Kent, Federal Way
  • Jill Meis, City of Lake Stevens, Lake Stevens
  • Roxanne Miles, Pierce County Parks and Recreation, Lakewood
  • Sylvana Niehuser, City of Olympia, Olympia

State Agency Member

  • Dustin Madden, State Parks and Recreation Commission


  • Community member representatives

Term Length

4 years

General Resources