The State Parks Advisory Committee evaluates applications for grants in the State Parks Category of the larger Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

The grants provide funding to acquire or develop state parks. Projects involving the renovation of existing facilities are ineligible.


  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Are interested in state parks

Time Commitment

  • 2-4 full days of in-person meetings in Olympia every other year
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies


Travel reimbursement including lodging, transportation, and meals is available.

Committee Members

Citizen Members

  • Peter Schrappen, Seattle
  • Doug Simpson, Kirkland
  • Cecilia Vogt, Yakima

Local Agency Members

  • Rocklynn Culp, Town of Winthrop, Winthrop
  • Mary Dodsworth, Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department, Lakewood
  • Ken Wilkinson, Yakima Parks and Recreation Department, Yakima

State Parks and Recreation Commission Staff Members

  • Ken Graham, Olympia
  • Bob Gratias, Olympia
  • Mike Poier, Olympia
  • Janet Shonk, Lakebay
  • Sam Wotipka, Olympia
  • Brian Yearout, Olympia

Ex Officio Member

  • Rory Calhoun, RCO, Olympia


  • One local agency representative
  • One citizen representative

Term Length

4 years

General Resources