WE BELIEVE
OUTDOOR RECREATION
Matters.
WELCOME TO THE BIG TENT
The Umbrella Organization for the voice of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State.

The power of the Big Tent  lies not with any individual or with any shiny advertising or marketing campaigns, but with the combined weight of dozens of organizations and agencies who believe in the collective value of outdoor recreation.

Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

View the 2020 Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State for details

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#RecreateResponsibly to Protect Yourself, Others, and the Outdoors

During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become even more important for many Americans. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to families heading out to their local park for the first time, could use a little guidance about how to stay safe. The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our parks, trails, and beaches.

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NRPA Applauds Senate Passage of the GAOA, Tells House to Finish the Job

Under the Great American Outdoors Act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will receive $900 million annually

Ashburn, Va. (June 17, 2020) — Today, the Senate voted to pass the Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation will finally fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the most important source of federal funding to create and develop local parks, trails, boat launches, sports fields and other recreation areas that enrich our communities.

Big Tent Coalition and Members Support Racial Justice

Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition News

Hello Friends,

The events of the last few weeks have helped to remind us that we, as the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition, are committed to eliminating barriers that prevent all Washingtonians from enjoying the outdoors. There is no equal access to the outdoors without a just and equitable society. We stand with the Black community and support the fight for racial justice in our state and country. Please take a moment to read a selection of statements by Big Tent members:

[Webinar] Outdoor Recreation Now & Near Future

Visit with Jon Snyder, Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Senior Policy Advisor

The Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition invites you to an interactive webinar with Jon Snyder, Governor Inslee’s outdoor recreation and economic development advisor, on Tuesday, June 9, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please share widely - This hour-long visit with Jon will give you the opportunity to:

  • Hear what the state of outdoor recreation is in Washington.
  • What’s in store for the immediate future?
  • A chance to get your questions answered about outdoor recreation during the time of COVID-19.

Register and submit your questions in advance for Jon here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5262703962025706764

Recreation and Tourism Mapping to Support the Recovery

Hometown Washington

Washington Hometown, a recreation mapping and app company, is looking ahead to what we can do to support our community and the recreation and Hospitality industry as the “stay-home, stay-safe” restrictions begin to be loosened. We will be launching Re-Discover WA, a web map and apps for Apple and Android, that will help people find up-to-date information on open recreation opportunities and businesses. We anticipate that the reopening will be done in stages making access to complete and current information critically important. Initially, the rules will vary based on the type of recreation, the managing agency, the location, and even the specific facility as some high demand resources may remain off-limits while other less popular ones are opened.

OUTDOOR ALLIANCE STATEMENT ON EQUITY AND RACISM IN THE OUTDOORS

Outdoor Alliance

All people deserve to have safe, accessible places to get outside. In recent months, as cities and states across the country have been sheltering in place, the outdoors have been more important than ever for our mental and physical health. Recent events, including Ahmaud Arbery being murdered while he was out for a jog, and Christian Cooper being threatened while birdwatching in Central Park, are the latest in a long and shameful string of injustices toward Indigenous, black, and brown individuals outdoors. These events are horrifying, and they highlight longstanding inequities in who is welcome and safe in the outdoors. The history of America’s public lands and waters is inextricably linked to our history of slavery and racial discrimination, from the displacement of Indigenous communities to the history of racial segregation not only in National Parks, but most public spaces.

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