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State Parks Expand Online Visitor Information With New Facebook And Mobile Website

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In celebration of its 99th birthday on March 19, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission today announced the addition of two new online information sources for visitors – a new Facebook page and a recently completed mobile website that provides visitors access to information from their mobile devices while they are on the move.

As the agency moves into its 100th year and the celebration of its Centennial in 2013, State Parks invites park enthusiasts to explore state parks through these two newest online services that provide information about more than 100 state parks all over Washington.

Facebook, a social networking site, is the third social media tool used by State Parks, preceded by YouTube and Twitter. Social media connects visitors to state parks and provides online resources about recreational, educational and overnight opportunities at state parks, details about Centennial 2013 kickoff events and special programs in state parks across Washington. Facebook users will get direct news and announcements, event information and tips about state parks. Visit the Washington State Parks Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks.

The State Parks mobile website, found at m.parks.wa.gov, helps state parks visitors get the information they need while on the go. The site works on desktop browsers, but was specifically designed and tested to accommodate mobile devices. It allows park visitors access to detailed information about state parks, including reservations, news, events and alerts. Visitors may now check the time of a park event and get driving directions directly from their Apple, Android or other handheld device. The mobile site also allows easy navigation to the Discover Pass website, which also is available in a mobile format. The Discover Pass gives visitors access to nearly 3 million acres of Washington state-managed recreation lands – including state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.come/WaStatePks_NEWS and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks.

The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 98-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.

Support state parks by purchasing your Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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