OLYMPIA – May 22, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to hear about preliminary recommendations for a management plan for Larrabee State Park near Bellingham.
State parks staff will present the recommendations and take further public comment at a public meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, at Fairhaven Public Library, 1117 12th St., Bellingham. The public also may provide additional comments by email to Larrabee.Planning@parks.wa.gov or by calling Randy Kline, park planner, at (360) 902-8632. More information about the planning process is available at www.parks.wa.gov/864/Larrabee-State-Park-Planning.
The June 4 meeting represents the third phase of a four-part planning process through Washington State Parks’ Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) process, in which public input is a critical component. Each CAMP process addresses overall visitor experiences, natural resources, use of park buildings, recreation areas and trails and other topics of interest to the community.
In the final phase of the Larrabee State Park management planning, staff will present draft recommendations to the seven-member State Parks Commission to consider at its July 24 regular meeting in Bellingham. The public is invited to attend the commission meeting and provide testimony or written comment.
About Larrabee State ParkLarrabee 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/536/Larrabee .______________________________ Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WaStatePks and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks. 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.
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Media contact: Toni Droscher (360) 902-8604 Randy Kline (360) 902-8632 Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
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