OLYMPIA – Jan. 9, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a second public meeting to address the future of the agency’s Fudge Point property on Harstine Island.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Harstine Community Hall, 3371 E. Harstine Island Rd. N., Harstine Island. (Directions: www.harstinecc.org/hicc/Home/HallLocation.aspx)
The goals of the meeting are to:
- Explore alternative approaches to developing a long-term boundary.
- Evaluate land classification options.
- Develop management strategies that address community and park visitor issues.
The Jan. 28 meeting is stage two of a four-stage planning process. State Parks staff will present several alternatives, based on comments provided during a public meeting in October and on the agency’s website. Comments provided during this phase will allow planners to develop and further refine these alternatives with the goal of forging a vision for the property.
In October, State Parks staff kicked off the Fudge Point planning process with an initial public meeting to present background and give the public an opportunity to provide input on a vision for recreation possibilities at the property. Public comments from the meeting may be downloaded here: http://www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/5021
For more information about the Fudge Point Plan, visit http://www.parks.wa.gov/896/Fudge-Point-Planning or contact Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner, 360-902-8671.
About Fudge Point
Fudge Point is located on the east side of Harstine Island, 3/4 miles south of McMicken Island State Park. Washington State Parks acquired the 136-acre property in 2013 and 2014, for public access and recreation. It includes 3,300 acres of natural shoreline; Buffington’s Lagoon; a flat, sandy beach and adjacent uplands. The location is recognized as having high-quality habitat, including undisturbed nearshore habitat for salmon. For a map of Fudge Point visit: http://j.mp/1t6UOKp
About Washington State Parks
The 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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Michael Hankinson, (360) 902-8671
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
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