For the past 30 years, the SEAL Teams have had had an agreement with Washington State to be permitted to train on five of their State Parks. Recently, the Navy presented a proposal to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, seeking access to 29 State Parks for training purposes.
These State Parks, many of which are in the western part of the state, bordering the Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean, provide an ideal training environment for Navy SEALs. The tidal conditions, cold water, rocky and wooded terrain create a tough environment, giving SEALs the ability to train in demanding conditions, which they may encounter in real-world operations.
Currently, when SEALs go to train at one of the five State Parks, the parks have to be shut down, which is an obvious inconvenience for park-goers.
According to a spokesperson for Navy Region Northwest, the Navy believes that if the SEAL teams had access to more parks, fewer operators would have to be at one park at the same time, thus allowing the parks to stay open during training exercises.