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


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

Time Commitment

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

2022 Dates

Technical Review MeetingJune 6-10
Evaluation MeetingAugust 22-26
Results MeetingSeptember 1

Committee Members

Community Members

  • Rebecca Bear, Seattle Parks Foundation, North Bend
  • Greg Duffy, Richland
  • Glenn Kost, Bellevue

Local Agency Members

  • Chaz Bates, City of Spokane Valley, Spokane Valley
  • Doug Coutts, City of Moses Lake, Moses Lake
  • Anne Henning, City of Othello, Othello
  • Bryan Higgins, City of Kent, Kent
  • 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

  • Heather Saunders, State Parks and Recreation Commission


  • Community member representatives
  • Local agency representatives

Term Length

4 years

General Resources