Interpretive center named for Karen Munro —

Interpretive center named for Karen Munro

San Juan Journal, Aug. 9, 2006

By San Juan Journal staff writer

August 9, 2006

The state Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday will dedicate the Lime Kiln Point Interpretive Center on San Juan Island in honor of orca activist Karen Hanson Munro of Olympia.

The ceremony is at 1 p.m. Thursday at the interpretive center at Lime Kiln Point State Park and will feature speeches and a ceremony, refreshments and tours of the center and surrounding park.

The center is made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Munro and her husband, Ralph Munro, former secretary of State, to the Washington State Parks Foundation.

The center, converted from an old Coast Guard garage, features orca statues, a replica of an orca dorsal fin, and interactive displays and activities to educate visitors about orcas. The center also offers interpretive features focusing on the mining of lime in the old lime kiln for which the park was named.

“We are very excited to be dedicating this interpretive center,” said Commission Vice Chairwoman Joan Thomas of Seattle. “Lime Kiln Point is the perfect place to celebrate the Munros’ generosity to the state, to the whales and to people.”

The completed interpretive center project is one of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Centennial 2013 Plan “100 Connections” projects. The list of 100 projects in parks all over the state are identified as potential donations by private groups and volunteers. The Centennial 2013 Plan was adopted by the Commission to get the park system ready for a second century beyond its 100th birthday celebration in 2013. The Centennial 2013 Plan has three priorities: 1. Fix the parks enjoyed by the public today. 2. Expand existing parks. 3. Build one to three new parks for the future.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 120 parks and several recreation programs, including trails, boating safety, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The 93-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.

© Copyright 2006 San Juan Journal

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