OLYMPIA – March 13, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces that Westhaven State Park will be closed from March 23 through April 17, while crews pave the gravel parking area. Vehicles and pedestrians will not be able to access the beach from the park.
The closure will significantly affect beach access and parking to the Westport Jetty and the beach directly south of the jetty. This area is very popular with surfers and with jetty fishermen this time of year. As an alternative, visitors may park or drive on to the beach about 1 mile south at Westport Light State Park. (View a map of the area: http://j.mp/1NT3iOn) Additional parking also is available at Half Moon Bay parking lot along Jetty Way Road near the Coast Guard tower.
Also closed during this time will be the section of the Westport Light Trail that runs through Westhaven State Park. There are no detours around the park. The remainder of the trail remains open.
Each year, from April 15 to the day after Labor Day, the beach closes to vehicle use from north of Schafer Road at Twin Harbors State Park to Westport. This is to accommodate the increased non-motorized and pedestrian traffic in the spring and summer seasons. Driving is always prohibited on the section of beach that runs through Westhaven State Park.
For more information about the temporary closure, contact park staff at 360-267-4301. For more information about Westhaven State Park, visit: www.parks.wa.gov/285/Westhaven
About Washington State ParksThe 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.
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