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Future of Paddlesports in WA State

State Parks and Washington Water Trails Association to co-host paddlesports summit May 5 Event kicks of Northwest Paddling Festival

OLYMPIA - April 22, 2016- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's Boating Safety Program and Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA) invite paddlers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts to an evening of presentations and discussions about the future of paddlesports in Washington state.

The "Washington Paddlesports: A Path to the Future" event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the REI flagship store, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle. (Directions:

"Paddlesports are growing in popularity, bringing many positive benefits leading to economic growth, environmental stewardship and healthy communities," said Rob Sendak, WWTA Executive Director. "In addition to these benefits, more people using our waterways brings some challenges such as the potential for increased accidents and injuries, keeping invasive species out of our waters, providing safe and legal public access points of entry, and addressing conflicts among different boating activities."

The paddlesports event will be packed with information and inspiration. Paddlers will have the opportunity to share their vision for the future of kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddling and rafting in Washington. The schedule is as follows:

5 to 7 p.m.: Chat with paddling organizations and agencies, including WWTA, State Parks Boating Program, Northwest Marine Trade Association and other Washington boating agencies. Fill out the State Parks Boating Program's Washington paddlesport participation survey and receive a
coupon to shop at REI during this time.

7 to 8 p.m.: Presentations Tom Vogl - CEO of The Mountaineers, Jon Snyder - Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Policy Advisory to Gov. Jay Inslee 

Sky to Sound Water Trail project presentation - Snohomish County

Executives Annique Bennet and Kevin Teague

State Parks Water Access slideshow

Washington State Paddlesports Advisory Committee

8 to 9 p.m.: Help create a vision for the future of paddlesports and continue talking with organizations/agencies and shopping at REI, 

To attend this event, please register on REI's event website at :

The "Washington Paddlesports: A Path to the Future" event kicks off the Northwest Paddling Festival, which takes place May 6 through 7 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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