Washington State Parks is currently in the process of updating the 2001 Management Plan to address changes that have occurred at the park including property acquisitions, evolving recreational needs and on-going resource management issues. This review will result in updated management recommendations for the park.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a planning process to shape the future of Bridgeport State Park located in Douglas County near the City of Bridgeport. Bridgeport State Park is a 748 acre camping park with 7,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on Rufus Woods Lake. This lake is actually a segment of the Columbia River set directly behind Chief Joseph Dam.
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Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (WSPRC) is beginning a planning process for the Fudge Point property located on Harstine Island in Mason County. The property is 136 acres in size, and could be developed for public access.
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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission completed the first phase of planning for the eastern section of Iron Horse State Park Trail. Iron Horse State Park is a linear park comprised of most of the former 287-mile Milwaukee Road Railroad corridor. Planning for the 110 mile western portion of the Iron Horse State Park trail from Cedar Falls (near North Bend) to Beverly Bridge on the west side of the Columbia River was completed in 2000. In 2014, State Parks completed planning for the 34 mile section of railroad corridor between Malden and the Idaho border. This planning process addressed the remaining 140 mile portion of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that extends from Beverly Bridge to Malden.
The CAMP project will address development and management of programs and facilities as well as protection of natural and cultural resources at these parks.
King County and Washington State Parks are seeking public input on a proposed restoration project near Des Moines that would remove rip-rap at McSorley Creek and the shoreline at Saltwater State Park to improve fish habitat, control flooding and enhance recreational amenities.
Washington State Parks is looking at long-term management options at Moran State Park as Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) transitions away from the current utility corridor. Parks has received a proposal from Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for formal development of a trail that will follow the alignment of the power line corridor. The developed trail would use an existing trail and the power line access road.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is undertaking a process to develop a policy and a procedure to determine when to approve use of motorized vehicles on agency-managed long-distance trails.
Mount Spokane State Park is the largest park in the state park system at approximately 13,000 acres. Within the park, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Commission) has authorized an existing alpine ski area known as the Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park that is currently operated under a concession agreement with a Spokane area non-profit known as Mount Spokane 2000 (MS 2000). The existing ski concession area encompasses 1425 acres or about 10% of the park.
Washington State Parks is beginning a planning process for Palouse Falls, Lyons Ferry and Lewis and Clark Trail state parks. State Parks prepares land use plans through an agency-wide planning system called Classification and Management Planning or CAMP. CAMP is a multi-staged, public participation-based planning process for individual parks that culminates with adoption of park land classifications, a long-term park boundary, and a park management plan.
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is updating its real estate policy
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process regarding the planning of the Riverside State Park—Lake Spokane area. We are committed to preparing comprehensive land use plans for each of our parks and in some cases, updating existing plans when necessary. Riverside State Park is one such example that requires additional planning. The Riverside State Park—Lake Spokane area is comprised of a patchwork of public and private lands located adjacent to Lake Spokane, a reservoir created by Long Lake Dam. State Parks manages some of these properties in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, Spokane County, and Avista Corporation . The plan will help determine future use and development of these properties.
Washington State Parks is continuing a planning process to evaluate a potential rehabilitation of the seminary building located at Saint Edward State Park. The seminary structure and associated cultural landscape were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Recently, Daniels Real Estate has presented State Parks staff with a proposal to save the building. Daniels Real Estate has requested that the Commission consider a one year time extension to allow them to pursue the project. A public meeting on August 25th will provide an opportunity for the pubic to hear a summary of the concept and for State Parks staff to explain how this rehabilitation could be accomplished in the coming year. The Washington State Parks Commission adopted a resolution on November 14, 2013 authorizing the Director to “explore partnerships with other public and private sector entities for the purpose of rehabilitating the Saint Edward Seminary building.”
In May 2015, the campground and group camp at South Whidbey State Park were closed due to concerns posed by failing and diseased old-growth trees. To address this issue, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (State Parks) is beginning a planning process to determine the future of the park.
To be eligible for grant programs administered by the Recreation and Conservation Office, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission must have a current and approved recreation and conservation plan.
Washington State Parks is developing a strategy to guide its land acquisition and park development decision-making. The strategy is intended to allow State Parks to acquire, develop, and redevelop parks in an intentional manner, guided by the agency’s mission and goals. State Parks also hopes the strategy will help inspire and enlist local communities and partners to help us create a state park system that is recognized as the collection of places and experiences that are distinctly Washington.
Washington State Parks is beginning a planning process for Steptoe Butte State Park and Steptoe Battlefield State Park Heritage Sites . State Parks prepares land use plans through an agency-wide planning system called Classification and Management Planning or CAMP. CAMP is a multi-staged, public participation-based planning process for individual parks that culminates with adoption of park land classifications, a long-term park boundary, and a park management plan. The combination of these deliverables constitutes a land use plan. The CAMP process typically takes ten to fifteen months to complete