Climbing legend Jim Whittaker to headline outdoor recreation rally Feb. 3

January 22, 2016

Come to the Big Tent Rally on Feb. 3, in Olympia, Washington. Photo courtesy of Big Tent Coalition


Mountaineering legend Jim Whittaker will headline a rally of outdoor recreation businesses, vendors, nonprofit groups, and local and state agencies on the capitol steps in Olympia, Washington, Feb. 3.

The rally, sponsored by Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition, is free and open to the public between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The rally will spotlight Washington’s outdoor recreation sector that generates $22 billion in revenue and nearly 200,000 direct jobs throughout urban and rural Washington. This will be the fourth annual – and by far the largest – gathering for the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition, a nonprofit umbrella organization that seeks to raise the profile of outdoor recreation as an economic driver, foundation of our state’s quality of life, and is a gateway to active and healthy living.

Attendees will have access to hands-on outdoor recreation experiences – including a “how-to” demonstration and participation sign-up on fly-fish casting. Ivar’s Seafood Restaurant – one of the many event sponsors – will be giving away cups of clam chowder.

Be sure to stop by the OutdoorsNW booth and pick up your free goody bag and a copy of their latest publication.

The newly appointed Outdoor Recreation Economic Policy Advisor for the State of Washington, Jon Snyder, will be introduced at the event. With Snyder’s appointment, Washington becomes the third state in the nation to establish an outdoor recreation office.

“The Big Tent Coalition is excited to host its biggest event ever and demonstrate the multiple benefits that outdoor recreation brings to our state and its residents,” said Doug Levy, Coalition President who also represents statewide parks, recreation and boating organizations.

“Washington’s natural beauty is not just a quality-of-life asset, but an economic driver for a wide variety of businesses, big and small, east and west, urban and rural that bring an unbelievable amount of revenue and jobs to all parts of our state,” added Marc Berejka, the Governmental Affairs Director for REI who will be the master of ceremonies of this year’s program.

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