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 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

  • Thomas Bradley, Spokane
  • Doug Simpson, Kirkland
  • Cecilia Vogt, Yakima
  • Janice Sears, Alternate, Seattle

Local Agency Members

  • Mary Dodsworth, Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department, Lakewood
  • Carolyn Hope, City of Burien, Shoreline
  • Ken Wilkinson, Yakima Parks and Recreation Department, Yakima

State Parks and Recreation Commission Staff Members

  • Ken Graham, Olympia
  • Bob Gratias, Olympia
  • Larry Mallo, Olympia
  • Janet Shonk, Lakebay
  • Todd Tatum, Olympia
  • Sam Wotipka, Olympia


  • No current vacancies

Term Length

4 years

General Resources