State Parks co-hosts Washington Coast Cleanup April 22

March 31, 2023

OLYMPIA – March 30, 2023 – As a proud Washington Clean Coast Alliance member, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will co-host the annual Washington Coast Cleanup this Earth Day.

This year’s event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 22, at nine state parks: Cape Disappointment, Fort Townsend, Fort Worden, Grayland Beach, Mystery Bay, Ocean City, Pacific Beach, Shine Tidelands, and Twin Harbors.

In partnership with Washington CoastSavers, Parks put on three beach cleanup volunteer events a year – and there is always work to be done. Over the last three beach cleanups, 1,175 volunteers picked up over 61,380 pounds of trash off our beaches. For the 2023 Washington Coast Cleanup, Parks is also working with Washington Surfrider and the Grassroots Garbage Gang to bring in volunteers to support this effort.

On arrival, participants volunteering at a Washington state park will check in at one of these beach approaches:

Northern Shores: Chance A La Mer, Ocean City Beach Approach
South Beach: Bonge Ave Beach Approach

Long Beach: Bolstad Beach Approach

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Chimacum Corner Farmstand

Shine Tidelands (due to the tides, the Shine Tidelands cleanup will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Volunteers should dress for variable weather conditions, wear sturdy footwear and pack a lunch with plenty of water. Upon check-in, participants will receive supplies to help them pick up debris; however, volunteers are encouraged to bring reusable gloves. The check-in station also serves as the dumpster location for marine debris after collection.

Visit to learn more about the Washington Coast Cleanup, view a list of all participating beaches, and pre-register for the event.  

A Discover Pass is not required for vehicle access on state-managed lands on April 22 in recognition of Earth Day.

News media contact:

Paul Ruppert, Volunteer Program Specialist,

Emily Masseth, Communications Consultant,

About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural, and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety, and winter recreation.

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

1111 Israel Road S.W.

P.O. Box 42650

Olympia, WA 98504-2650