In 2019, Westport Golf LLC approached Washington State Parks with a proposal to construct a Scottish links style “artisanal” golf course and a 30- to 40-room inn as part of overall development of Westport Light State Park near Westport.
State Parks is considering this proposal — which is only conceptual at this time — but has made no commitments.
PUBLIC OUTREACH / COMMUNITY INPUT
Washington State Parks, Westport Golf LLC and City of Westport staff held a community meeting on Oct. 8 in Westport, WA. Westport Golf LLC presented their approach and concept and answered questions from the audience. About 150 people attended the meeting.
The public is encouraged to provide feedback on this proposal. Supporting documents are posted further down this page, along with information on how to provide comments. The deadline to comment is 5 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2019.
After gauging community support, State Parks will determine whether to proceed with next steps, including collaborative development of a master plan for Westport Light State Park and environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act.
RECREATION CONCESSION AREAS
The Westport Golf LLC proposal is consistent with Washington State Parks’ 2015 real estate policy update, which provides for development of privately financed recreational facilities in state parks. In 2016, the State Parks Commission completed a public process to select four pilot sites for private investment, known as Recreation Concession Areas (RCAs). Westport Light State Park was one of the four parks identified.
The purpose of RCAs is not to privatize the parks system but to provide park visitors with amenities that are beyond State Parks’ financial capacity or expertise, while generating revenue to help operate the park system.
ABOUT WESTPORT LIGHT STATE PARK
In 2015, State Parks acquired nearly 300 acres through a $1.9 million grant from the Recreation and Conservation Office. The land purchase enabled State Parks to connect Westhaven State Park and Westport Light State Park with the newly acquired property located between the two parks. The parks and new property, located in Grays Harbor county, now total 603 acres and are known collectively as Westport Light State Park. For more information, visit: https://parks.state.wa.us/284/Westport-Light.