The public is invited to weigh in on a new state plan that sets priorities for outdoor recreation, including parks, trails and sports facilities.

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board has released a draft of the plan that will guide outdoor recreation for the next five years. In compiling the plan, the board surveyed Washingtonians about their outdoor interests and activities.

Key aims of the plan call for sustaining and adding parks and conservation lands, meeting the needs of youth, and enhancing the cultural components of recreation sites to address the state’s changing demographics.

The plan encompasses trails for walkers and cyclists, as well as trails and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. It also addresses provisions for boating and off-road vehicles.

The draft plan is only available online. People interested in reviewing it and providing comments can read the plan at

Comments can be submitted directly from the web site or by email to Comments are due Sept. 10.

RCO staff will analyze the comments and make recommendations at the funding board’s meeting in October.

For more information, contact Leslie Connelly at (360) 902-3080 or