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


  • Policy feedback time commitment varies
  • RCO will provide the training needed to evaluate grants
  • Stipends are available to eligible committee members

Time Commitment

  • Two to four full days of virtual meetings every other summer (even years)
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies

2024 Dates

Technical Review MeetingMay 20-21
Evaluation MeetingAugust 14-15
Results MeetingAugust 16

Committee Members

Community and Local Agency Members

  • Bill Grimes, Spokane
  • Kevin Goodrich, City of Westport, Westport
  • Jayme Jonas, Sammamish
  • Kathryn McLeod, Tumwater
  • Ethan Newton, City of Covington, Covington
  • Janice Sears, Seattle

State Parks and Recreation Commission Staff Members

  • Ken Graham, Olympia
  • Janet Halstead, Olympia
  • Tim Bell, Olympia
  • Emily Jacobs, Ellensburg
  • Ryan Karlson, Olympia
  • Paul Knowles, Nine Mile Falls