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Posted on: April 3, 2014

14-015 State Parks and Recreation Commission continues public planning at Larrabee State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the second phase of a public planning process to develop a management plan for Larrabee State Park near Bellingham.

The public is invited to participate in the next stage of planning with a meeting scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Fairhaven Public Library, 1117 12th St., Bellingham. Information about the planning project is available online at http://www.parks.wa.gov/864/Larrabee-State-Park-Planning.

Washington State Parks has completed more than 100 land-use plans for parks around the state, through its Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) process. The public planning process in each case addresses overall visitor experiences, natural resources, use of park buildings, recreation areas and trails and other topics of interest to the community. The purpose of the meeting is to select land classifications within the park boundary. The classifications will be used to determine appropriate recreation uses and to inform operation of the park, taking into consideration any stewardship and protection concerns.

Opportunities for public comment will be available at the meeting, and public comment also may be provided by e-mail to Larrabee.Planning@parks.wa.gov, or by calling Park Planner Randy Kline, (360) 902-8632.

Larrabee State Park near Bellingham is the oldest developed park in the state park system. It is a 2,680-acre camping park with more than 8,000 feet of saltwater shoreline along Samish Bay. The park features 85 campsites, picnic sites, a freshwater lake and watercraft launch, 15 miles of trails, a playground and a popular amphitheater. Larrabee receives an estimated 500,000 visits a year. For more information about Larrabee, visit www.parks.wa.gov.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. For information on activities and events, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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